Dorsey hopes to prove he should have been taken earlier.
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Tyler Dorsey had a predraft workout set up with Atlanta until the Hawks canceled.
"They said I wasn't in play, so I never went there," Dorsey said. "Then they ended up drafting me. The funny part is that I didn't talk to them much during the draft process."
The Oregon sophomore waited until the 41st pick of Thursday's draft to get a call from Atlanta. He went three picks after teammate Jordan Bell and four in front of Dillon Brooks.
"I knew I would get drafted, but I didn't know when," Dorsey said Friday. "It was a waiting game for me. I fell further than I thought, but for all the teams that passed on me, I feel like they'll regret it. Now it's time to go prove it on the court."
Atlanta will give Dorsey a shot to make the team behind its starting backcourt of Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Hawks had veterans Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy off the bench and recently acquired Marco Belinelli from Charlotte.
"I look at the roster, and there's a great opportunity for me," Dorsey said. "I'm excited about that. I already got back in the gym today. I'm just ready to get back to work."
Dorsey is headed to Atlanta for a press conference this weekend and then will play for the Hawks in the Las Vegas summer league.
Dorsey declared for the draft after his freshman season but returned to Oregon to average 14.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, helping lead the Ducks to the Final Four. He scored at least 20 points in all eight postseason games before declaring for the draft and hiring an agent to eliminate any chance he would return for the Ducks.
It appeared to be a risky move. Dorsey was not on most mock drafts in April, but improved his draft stock at the NBA combine before getting invited to work out with more than a dozen teams.
"I didn't really look at mock drafts," he said. "I felt confident I would work my way up the draft board and get drafted. I was confident in myself. That's what my decision came down to.
"Mock drafts probably get the first 10 picks right and the rest, you never know, so I didn't pay attention to that. I was worried about what I would do after the draft."
Dorsey felt that he was underrated by teams in the draft.
"It's motivation," he said. "I felt like I was an impact player and a sleeper in the draft. I'm glad Atlanta believed in me and now it's time to go prove that to all the other teams."
Dorsey spent draft night home in Los Angeles with his family.
"It is definitely a blessing to hear my name called, even late in the second round," he said. "It was nerve-wracking sitting there and watching it."
Dorsey, Bell and Brooks all heard their name called in about a 15-minute span of the second round. Bell was picked by Chicago and traded to Golden State, and Brooks was picked by Houston, which traded him to Memphis.
"I'm happy and excited for those guys," Dorsey said. "I'm excited to see them around the league and play against them. It's a blessing to be in this situation."