Gonzaga has offered 2014 recruit Donaven Dorsey. What does the Olympia, WA native think of Gonzaga and where does everything stand with his recruitment?
There is little doubt that the 2014 recruiting class is setting up to be a big focus for Gonzaga. With the potential to have six open scholarships, the GU coaching staff will be looking to bring in high impact players that can be the foundation going forward after the graduation of guys like Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr.
One of the primary targets on the wing in the 2014 class is Donaven Dorsey, who stars for Timberline High School in Olympia. Dorsey is one of a select few targets that has received an offer in the 2014 class and his recruitment with Gonzaga has really escalated in a hurry.
"I would say that Gonzaga started talking to me maybe a month ago," explained Dorsey. "Early September is when they first started sending me letters. It hasn't been a long process, but the coaches told me they had been watching me in recent years."
Although the contact between GU and Donaven has taken off recently, the coaching staff has been watching the Olympia product for some time.
"They saw me when I played for the NW Panthers even back in 8th grade. They saw me play then, then this recent summer they way me play with ICP. In September they started sending me letters and texts."
After swinging by an open gym at Timberline, the coaching staff had no hesitation to become just the second school to offer the versatile wing.
"One of the coaches came by my school and watched me at open gym," Dorsey said about the day he was offered. "Afterwards, he started talking to me and offered a scholarship. It meant a lot to me. I have another offer from Portland St. and they were my first offer. All these other schools like UW, WSU and Cal have been sending me letters, but they haven't made the move like Gonzaga. (Editor's Note: The day after this interview, Washington St. and Oregon St. offered)"
Following the offer, Gonzaga is continuing to show interest in the ICP wing, as two coaches, including Mark Few, will be heading across the state to watch him this week.
"For the head coach to come out to my school means a lot to me. I feel really blessed and it means a lot for Coach Few and Coach Giacoletti to come."
At this point, the Timberline product is in no rush to make a college decision. However, he does know some of the factors that will be key when he is ready to commit.
"The things that will be part of my decision will be all the little stuff," Dorsey emphasized. "Things like coaches coming to my school, showing me that they are interested by sending letters and calling my parents. Sending relevant information about the program and school, because I want to go to college for the education. With all that, Gonzaga is really high on the pedestal right now."
The focus for the talented wing is to continue to improve his game. However, he emphasized that he wants to hear from schools that are seriously interested in him.
"Honestly, I am just waiting to see which schools want to come my way," revealed the ICP guard. "If a school wants me as bad as they say, then they will make the move. I just want to go to a school that is interested and willing to offer. I'm just going to keep working hard and see where God puts me."
Once Dorsey makes a decision, some school will be receiving a versatile prospect that can make an impact.
"Most schools see me as a wing player. I can really play anywhere on the court, but I am most comfortable at the 1-3. I'm really an all-around player. I can shoot from anywhere on the court, I can dribble and people tell me I have great athleticism."