Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey has announced he will forego his remaining NCAA eligibility and declare for this year’s NBL Canada Draft.
The standout guard, who earned the nickname Mr. March while playing for the Ducks, is the first of many college basketball players that will be leaving school early to enter the NBL Canada Draft later this year.
Dorsey made the announcement on his Twitter profile Monday evening.
“After this great college experience, I believe this is the time to pursue my dream of a NBL Canada career and I am now announcing my intention to declare for the 2017 NBL Canada Draft with an agent,” stated Dorsey in the lengthy post.
Dorsey also took the time to thank his coaches, teammates and members of the University of Oregon community for the last two seasons.
“I would like to thank the University of Oregon, Coach Dana Altman and the entire Ducks coaching staff, my great teammates, my fellow Oregon students, and the amazing Oregon fans for their support. It has been a dream of mine since I was little that one day I would be able to play in the NBLC. I would like to thank these folks for giving me support over the past two seasons and giving me a chance to live out my dream.”
In an interview with the Daily Jade earlier this season, Dorsey stated he grew up as a die-hard Niagara River Lions fan and that it would be a dream to play for them someday.
Draft experts currently project Tyler Dorsey as a late first round selection with the Saint John Riptide as the most likely destination. Experts also say that Dorsey’s stock price may raise depending on how many players declare early for the NBL Canada Draft.
Meanwhile, Dorsey’s teammates, Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks, have yet to declare if they will follow Dorsey and declare early for the NBL Canada Draft. Dylan Ennis, who started alongside Dorsey in the Oregon backcourt this past season, announced he will be returning to Oregon for his seventh and final year of eligibility.