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Ribet knocks off Village Christian

2/25/2012

SUN VALLEY -- There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tyler Dorsey and his emergence as one of the Southland's top underclassman this season. And after seeing the freshman from Los Angeles Ribet Academy in action on Friday, it turns out the advanced billing was indeed worthy.

Sun Valley Village Christian early on had no answer for Dorsey, who had 11 points in the first quarter. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 6-foot-4 guard finished with 26 points to guide the visiting Frogs to a 64-52 victory in a Southern Section Division 5-A semifinal.

“Yeah, I have heard all of the talk about me, but I try not to worry about it,'' Dorsey said. “My focus is working hard on my game, that's it, and letting everything else fall into place.''

Who is going to argue with his game plan? The strategy, after all, has worked out particularly well this season. Dorsey is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game. On the defensive end of the floor, he's no slouch and averages more than two steals and a block per game.

Keep in mind, we're talking about a ninth-grader who plays beyond his years.

“I know he's young, but honestly, I don't worry about Tyler when he's out there on the floor,'' Frogs coach William Middlebrooks said. “He was under some pressure tonight, in a big environment, and I think he handled himself. He doesn't play like like a freshman, not in my book.''

Middlebrooks is not the only individual who has been impressed with the play of Dorsey. Division I college coaches and scouts appear to be enamored with the upside he possesses.

Arizona put a scholarship offer on the table for Dorsey over the summer. USC offered him on Tuesday. Duke, North Carolina and Louisville are among the other programs interested.

When it comes to freshman, Dorsey is one of several hot commodities from out here in the greater Los Angeles area. North Hollywood Campbell Hall's Aaron Holiday and Burbank Providence's Marcus LoVett Jr. are the other players from the 2015 class who are worth mentioning.

Dorsey could emerge as the cream of the crop when all is said and done though.

“Aaron and Marcus are good players, I think we have the chance to make our class one of the best in a long time,'' Dorsey said. “I don't know about them, but I want to be a McDonald's All-American when I'm a senior. I want to be known as one of the nation's best players, that's my goal.''

So far, so good.

Dorsey appears to be well on his way.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.