Los Angeles Preps: Tyler Dorsey

Experience carries St. Bernard in 5AA

March, 3, 2012

SANTA ANA -- St. Bernard forward Jalen Walker said he doesn't remember what it feels like to lose, and understandably so.

It has been 65 days since the Vikings of Playa Del Rey have lost a game, winning 16 straight in that span entering Saturday's CIF-SS Division 5AA championship game against Ribet Academy at Mater Dei High.

Let's just say he still doesn't remember. The 6-foot-4 senior scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and led St. Bernard to a comfortable 81-67 win over Ribet, giving the Vikings 17 straight wins and a CIF title to boot.

He had to step up with junior guard Brandon Randolph in foul trouble all game. And Walker and fellow seniors Lance Booker and Emani Gant all did, with Booker pouring in 15 points of his own and Gant adding 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

"High-school basketball is about seniors. Freshman sensations are good, but you win championships with seniors and guys who've been there before," said second-year St. Bernard coach Reggie Morris. "I thought that our seniors played like it was their last opportunity."

Ribet coach Will Middlebrooks said his team did not have the same kind of leadership as St. Bernard. Guard Brandon Robinson is a junior and scored 26 points on Saturday, but the Fighting Frogs' other top two scorers -- 6-4 Tyler Dorsey and 6-11 Idrissa Diallo -- are both underclassmen.

"We really are young, and people tend to forget that," Middlebrooks said. "The team we played was more hungry and they had a little bit more seasoning than we did."

Dorsey, who was recently offered scholarships by Arizona and USC, is one of the most-hyped players in the country in the Class of 2015. He was the focus of the St. Bernard defense, keyed in on from the very beginning of the game. He finished with 17 points -- five below his average -- in 19 minutes, fouling out of the game late.

He added 10 rebounds and five assists but also committed five turnovers. Diallo, a Class of 2014 big man, had 13 points and nine rebounds but was also in foul trouble for much of the game.

St. Bernard (23-7) beat Ribet (19-10) by 13 in a Las Vegas showcase game in January, but Dorsey did not play due to an injury.

Ribet knocks off Village Christian

February, 24, 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.

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Jerrett tweaks ankle, Lutheran rolls

January, 31, 2012
LA VERNE -- The old windowless gym on the campus of Lutheran High makes for great echoes, and a thunderous dunk by Grant Jerrett easily reverberated across its walls Tuesday night.

Then, a loud thud. Deep gasps followed, and the building went hush.

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Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.com Grant Jerrett (33) of La Verne Lutheran is helped off the court Tuesday by teammates after hurting his left ankle.
Jerrett was flat on his back, clutching a left ankle that, recently, has been given him issues. He had tweaked the ankle yet again, rolling it on an opposing player's foot on his way down from an explosive and, what turned out to be, unlucky dunk.

"It's pretty bad," Jerrett said. "It's something I've been dealing with and I've been trying to strengthen the ankle. I don't know. I have to deal with it, I guess."

To make matters even gloomier it was senior night at Lutheran, and Jerrett spent it on the bench with a towel over his head and his elevated left ankle resting on a chair. The Trojans, ranked No. 9 by ESPN Los Angeles, faced little trouble without the top-rated senior in the Southland, routing Ribet Academy, 89-60. The ankle injury, though, is a major concern for the back-to-back state champions.

Jerrett estimates that he'll only be sidelined a day or two, but his status for Saturday's matchup at top-ranked Mater Dei is up in the air, according to Lutheran coach Eric Cooper.

"The playoffs are the most important thing," Cooper said. "There's no need for him to play Saturday. He'll want to play, but we'll see."

Fellow seniors Cameron Osorno and Brandon Shaw were recognized at halftime, with their parents joining them at half-court as Cooper spoke on a microphone. Jerrett, meanwhile, remained seated as his parents walked across the floor to embrace him on the bench.

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