Dorsey fairs well at NBA's Pre Draft Camp in Chicago
Maybe it was fitting that Daryl Dorsey (186-G-81, college: S.Indiana) was on the roster of 'Team 1' at the NBA Pre Draft Camp in Chicago. In his third and final game of the camp, Dorsey came up big in leading his squad to a 95-72 victory over 'Team 6' on Friday evening. The win allowed Dorsey's squad to finish the camp as the only undefeated team, at 3-0.
Dorsey's basketball-life has included sitting on top of the at the High School level, junior college level and currently the minor league pro level with the WBA's Rome Gladiators. Why should the NBA's Pre Draft Camp be any different. Dorsey has proven himself to be a winner, and regardless of statistics, producing wins -- on any level -- is what counts.
The third day of games at Moody Bible College in Chicago were televised around the country on ESPNU. Team 6 and Team 1, both came in to the game at 2-0 for the camp. Paced by well-noted players such as John Lucas (179-G-82, college: Baylor), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83), Eric Williams (206-C-78, college: Wake Forest), Bracey Wright (191-G-84) and Georgia Tech's Luke Schenscher (213-C-81, agency: Priority Sports), Team 6 got off to an early lead, before Dorsey and company worked their way to a 48-40 lead at the half. Dorsey, was part of a contigent of players who sparked a run that stretched their spread to as many as 23 in the second half. Dorsey downed 7 straight in one span, with two mid-range jumpers and a three-pointer.
Playing a platoon-system of five-minutes in and five-minutes out, Dorsey finished the game 5-8 from the field, 4-4 from the free throw line, for a total of 15 points in 20 minutes of action. David Lee (206-F-83, agency: Priority Sports) lead all scorers with 20, while John Gilchrist (189-G-84) also hit 15 for Team 1. Chuck Hayes (198-F-83) and Ellis Myles (203-F-81) each netted 10 and Brandon Rush (198-G) downed 9, while former UNC-Charlotte star Eddie Basden (196-G/F-83) collected 7 for Team 1. Team 6 was fueled by Lucas, who had 15, on 7 of 11 shooting, while Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) collected 13 and Steven Smith (203-F) scored 12. Also for Team 6, Turiaf scored 8 and Will Bynum (178-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 8.
While he felt good about his performance in the first two games, Dorsey was especially pleased by his play in game three. He said he was really comfortable, and was looking for his opportuties in the second half. "All I needed was a fair chance, and I knew I would be able to prove I could play well against the country's best." Dorsey added, "I think I opened some eyes, because a lot of people approached me with congratulations for my game three performance."
Dorsey will be participating in individual work outs for various teams, before heading back to re-join the Rome Gladiators of the WBA. Dorsey has been a major force in guiding the Gladiators to a league-best 14-1 record, while leading the league in assists (11.2) , as well as scoring (24.8) for much of the season. Dorsey recently broke the WBA single-game assist record with 19, in a 137-130 victory against the Tunica Gamblers, .
An enthusiastic Dorsey said, "Now I am ready to get back to Rome and win a Championship. After that, we will see where things will lead."
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