Dorsey forecasts U of M mate Rose as No. 2 draft pick

Dorsey forecasts U of M mate Rose as No. 2 draft pick

By: By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The top two picks of next month’s NBA draft, according to Joey Dorsey, have already been determined. Kansas State star forward Michael Beasley, Dorsey says, is going No. 1 to the Chicago Bulls. And point guard Derrick Rose, Dorsey’s teammate at Memphis, is going No. 2 to the Miami Heat. “Chicago’s got a lot of pressure on them because Derrick’s from Chicago,” Dorsey said. “But they’re going to take Beasley. I’ve got the inside. They’re going to get Beasley. … I’m not telling you how I know. You’ll see June 26. I can’t say any more.” Dorsey might be right, but neither the Bulls or the Heat are willing to say so. “I’m not going to get into any details on that,” Heat general manager Randy Pfund said when asked how Miami’s work leading into the draft, including the scheduling of workouts with potential lottery picks, is going. So Dorsey, listed at 6-foot-9, 265 pounds when he was at Memphis, may have some clarity on the top of the draft class. But everyone else’s fate — including his own — remains quite the enigma. Dorsey’s mission at the NBA predraft camp on the Disney complex near Orlando this week is simple. Everyone who watched the NCAA-runner-up Tigers this past season knows the muscular forward can rebound and defend. What Dorsey wants to show is an offensive game, something that he didn’t get to display as much as he would have liked in college. If he puts it all together, Dorsey believes he could join the likes of Beasley, Rose and fellow Memphis teammate Chris Douglas-Roberts somewhere in the first round. “To me, it’s a lot different, because I’m not playing with Derrick and CDR,” Dorsey said. “But I’m not at Memphis anymore. I can’t just be on the low block and wait for a lob. So I’m trying to show everybody I can shoot the ball, pass the ball and put it on the floor and everything like that.” Dorsey didn’t display much of an offensive game in college. Of course, the way Memphis scored, he didn’t have to, either. He averaged 6.9 points for Memphis this past season, sixth-best on the talented Tigers’ roster. He shot 64.7 percent, which mostly was a testament to his ability to grab lobs and offensive rebounds. “My first set of drills, I looked up and saw Larry Bird and I went something like 2-for-5,” Dorsey said. His nerves have calmed a bit since this predraft camp opened Tuesday night, replaced by his omnipresent sense of confidence. And he’s hopeful that by week’s end, the comparisons to Ben Wallace — like Dorsey, someone who possesses a ripped physique and is generally thought of solely as a defensive presence — might go away. “On offense, I’m a way better scorer,” Dorsey said. “I’m showing that in the drills that we’re doing. Every drill where we went 1-on-1 and 2-on-2, I scored the ball every time. And I’m showing I can pass the ball, too.” There is a chip on his considerable shoulder, too, and he’s quite proud of that. Dorsey and the Tigers played with plenty of attitude, a belief that most of the college basketball world was rooting against them. And in this chapter of his basketball life, Dorsey is playing the same way. He hears what the naysayers claim, that he doesn’t have an offensive game, that Douglas-Roberts has an ugly shot, that Rose isn’t ready to be an NBA point guard. It’s fuel for him. “They’re still doing it to us,” Dorsey said. “We don’t mind. I’m just here, trying to compete.” After his first scrimmage on Wednesday, where he went 3-for-5 from the floor and added four rebounds and three assists in his team’s 75-70 victory, Dorsey remained on the floor for nearly an hour, talking about the draft and his chances of reaching the first round. “A lot of kids don’t get this opportunity,” Dorsey said. “I’m just happy that I did.”

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