Oregon Ducks’ Dorsey and Brooks Declare for NBA Draft

Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks helped to elevate the Oregon Ducks into elite status. Despite falling short in the Final Four this season, the dynamic duo has decided to take their talents to the next level. Dorsey was the first to declare, and Brooks followed suit. Both announcements should be no surprise after the season both players had for Oregon.

Only a sophomore, Dorsey quietly made headlines during the NCAA Tournament. Through his offense, Dorsey powered the Ducks to their first Final Four appearance since 1939. He was given the nickname “Mr. March” as Oregon progressed through the tournament. Against a pro-Kansas crowd in Kanas City in the Elite Eight, Dorsey effectively chipped in 27 points to keep Kansas at bay.

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The Los Angeles native finished the season averaging 14 points per game for the Ducks. Upon declaring for the draft, Dorsey hired an agent officially ending any chance of his return to Eugene.

Last season, Brooks declared for the NBA Draft after leading the Ducks to an Elite Eight appearance. He did not hire an agent leaving the door open to return. After getting an evaluation from the league, Brooks opted to come back to Oregon. The assessment gave Brooks areas to improve on to increase his draft stock.

One area was his three-point shooting where he developed a killer instinct. In three games this season, Brooks hit the game-winning three to propel Oregon over Tennessee, UCLA, and California. His winner against UCLA stands out the most in a top-10 showdown in Eugene where the Bruins suffered their first loss of the season.

A 6-7 junior from Mississauga, Ontario, Brooks finished the season averaging 16 points per game. Like Dorsey, Brooks hired an agent.

Though both were emotional after losing to North Carolina in the Final Four, the two had already made up their minds on leaving for the NBA. As tempting to return and possibly make one last run next season, their draft stocks are at a high point.

Between the two, Dorsey’s performance during the tournament has given him the inside track of being drafted before Brooks. Lonzo Ball will likely be the first player selected out of the Pac-12, Dorsey and Brooks could see themselves drafted late first round to early second round.

For teams looking to complement their star player, Dorsey can certainly fill the void and be a top scorer on the team. Dorsey could be a starter and could fit well with players such as Damian Lillard (Trailblazers), James Harden (Rockets), Russel Westbrook (Thunder) or Jimmy Butler (Bulls).

Brooks struggled at times in the tournament as foul trouble kept him from establishing a presence on the court. But he has shown consistency both offensively and defensively. For a team looking to build around a player, Brooks could certainly fit the mold for a franchise player.

Perhaps the Sacramento Kings would consider drafting Brooks after trading big man Demarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings have promising talent, and Brooks can be at the forefront. Then again, he would serve well with the Golden State Warriors if available late in the first round.

No matter where the two end up, both have promising careers in the NBA. If both are given the position to excel seen with the Ducks, playoff appearances will happen consistently. Dorsey and Brooks are hard-driven players and highly motivated to win games. Character issues are no concern as both have been exceptional student-athletes at Oregon.

Along with Brooks and Dorsey, Dylan Ennis announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft. The road has been long for Ennis after transferring to Oregon from Villanova last season. A foot injury sidelined him and was granted eligibility to play this season for medical complications. Ennis may not get drafted but will certainly get an invite to try out for an NBA team.

Jordan Bell has not announced a decision but will likely follow his teammates to the NBA. Bell elevated his game during the tournament after Chris Boucher suffered a season-ending injury in the Pac-12 Tournament. The junior from Long Beach, California would likely be a middle to late second round pick.

A different look will be seen in Eugene next season, but the impact made by the likes of Dorsey and Brooks have set the foundation for success. Dana Altman will have his players ready and look to make another tournament run.

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