Dorsey receives invite to NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago
Certainly his other accolades have 'assisted' his pending-path to stardom, but when Rome Gladiator's Head Coach Harold Ellis scouted MaJic Dorsey in the ABA Allstar Game this past winter, he told him he could help him get his shot. That 'shot' has arrived, as Dorsey officially received an invite to attend the NBA's Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago June 6-12. Ellis said, "I saw potential in MaJic and though he needs some refining, the tools are there. I felt myself, along with Assistant Coach Lionel Garrett and the rest of my staff in Rome could help him improve on the things he needs to get to the NBA. MaJic is a very decicated person, and to this point, has done a great job."
Ellis' knew there was something "MaJic" about Dorsey. He has consistently churned out great efforts for the Rome Gladiators, members of the World Basketball Assiation (WBA), while leading his team to an 11-1 start. Dorsey is currently averaging 25.6 points, 11.0 assists 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game and shooting 85.5% from the freethrow line. Dorsey was named the WBA's Player of the Week for the first week of the season. Dorsey had a WBA game-high of 35 points and 15 assists against the Magic City Court Kings earlier this month. His play has attracted NBA scouts to Rome (GA) for Gladiator games on numerous occasions.
Dorsey's 'path' has included being named the ABA Rookie of the Year for the 2004-2005 season, while averaging 27.6 pts, 9.4 assist, 3.2 steals per game. In the ABA, he had game highs of 42 points, 19 assists and 4 steals. He also shot a clean 86% from the FT line. 'MaJic' was also the only Rookie in the ABA All-Star game where he had 26 points, 12 assists and 2 steals.
MaJic also generated 'world-wide' attention as a member of the And1 Mixtape Tour in 2003. His patented move, named the MaJic Tornado, has been officially copyrighted. A Baltimore-native, MaJic averaged 25ppg for famed Dunbar High School, before finishing his HS career at Gwynn Lake Prep in Florida, where he averaged 35ppg. While at Brevard CC, Daryl averaged 28.7points, 8.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game, while being named Sporting News Magazines #1 ranked JUCO point guard in the nation. Dorsey then went to Southern Indiana, where his stay was short-lived, before deciding to join the pro ranks.
Growing up in a very rough area of Baltimore has given Dorsey an education that many people do not receive. He has been away from his parents for quite a long time, but while many souls would buckle under the plight of not being able to grow up in a normal family setting, MaJic has used misfortune as fuel to overcome. Making the decision to leave his hometown, to get away from the very influences that ironically found him falsely arrested for the very same offense his mother and father are now incarcerated for, may have been the turning point. While still in High School, MaJic found himself locked up on a false charge of murder, that was later dropped. While in jail, MaJic did a lot of soul-searching, realizing he wanted a different path, not the path that has claimed much of his own parent's adult lives. A football star who had lost a season of competition due to the legal issues, MaJic's basketball began to come to the forefront, leading Dorsey to opportunities to travel and meet people willing to help him move on... on to junior college, to the ABA, and ultimately to the WBA and the Rome Gladiators, and now... to the NBA's Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago.
The rest is a history still being written, a path still being travelled by a 23 year old, young man, who has as much potential and drive as anyone in the game right now. Even Ellis, who also serves as an NBA Scout with the Atlanta Hawks, said, "you may hear MaJic's name called on draft day." To hear that, on that day, would be simply "MaJic" to Daryl Dorsey's ears.
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