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Friday, October 13, 2017

2018 point guard Devon Dotson commits to Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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It could be a while before the Kansas men’s basketball program finds another Frank Mason III.

And it’s possible that day will never come.

But that does not mean the Jayhawks will stop searching for him and Friday night proved to be a big night in that search, when Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson orally committed to Kansas during a ceremony at Providence Day High in Charlotte.

Although the 6-foot-2, 180-pound five-star point guard who is ranked No. 17 in the class by Rivals.com has a ways to go before he even approaches Mason’s level, Rivals recruiting analyst Krysten Peek said more than a few people have drawn the comparison during Dotson’s recruitment.

“That’s exactly what the coaching staff has said and what has been their message to Devon,” Peek said. “‘We see you as a Frank Mason type player.’”

Dotson chose the Jayhawks over finalists Maryland and Florida and made his announcement in front of friends, family, teammates and supporters at a podium at mid-court of his high school gymnasium.

After thanking a list of people including his family, coaches and all of those who recruited him, Dotson grabbed a bag from underneath the chair behind him, pulled out a blue KU hat and said, "I'm excited to announce I've committed to Kansas University."

With that, he unzipped his black hoodie to reveal a red Kansas T-Shirt while the crowd roared.

Dotson, whom Peek referred to as a “pass-first point guard,” joins a 2018 KU recruiting class that already includes big men David McCormack (6-10, 255) and Silvio De Sousa (6-9, 245) and provides Bill Self’s program with solid insurance on the possible departure of as many as four perimeter players, including senior point guard Devonte’ Graham, following the 2017-18 season.

Dotson should challenge for a starting spot immediately and his father, Dana Dotson, told several outlets throughout the recruiting process that the KU coaches had indicated that they see him as the type of player who could make an immediate and major impact.

“They believe he’s the starting PG from day one,” Dana Dotson told Matt Scott of 247 Sports site TheShiver.com after KU’s in-home visit with the Dotsons in September.

Beyond adding one of the top point guards in the country and a player who has the kind of all-around game that Self loves, the addition of Dotson could prove big in KU’s pursuit of No. 1-ranked 2018 prospect Zion Williamson, a versatile, five-star forward who visited Kansas for Late Night and was serenaded by chants of “We want Zion” from the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during his visit.

“Those two were thick as thieves when they were playing in Vegas (this summer),” said Peek, adding that landing Dotson could only help in KU’s pursuit of Williamson. “I interviewed Zion and Devon was sitting right there and Zion was saying, ‘This is my favorite point guard I’ve ever played with.’ So there’s no doubt that they would love to play together and they’ve proven that they play very well together.”

Whether that winds up happening at Kansas remains to be seen, but snagging a commitment from Dotson was a significant pick-up for a program that missed out on the three elite point guards it targeted in the 2017 class.

Not only did it address KU’s point guard need, but it did it with the kind of player people expect to see playing for Self.

“He’s super-quick,” Peek said of Dotson. “His passing is phenomenal, he’s got a great first step with his crossover and he likes to play defense.”

Comments

Barry Weiss 1 month, 1 week ago

Hopefully this means those that read the tea leaves can tell KU is going to be found above the shoe fray.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 month, 1 week ago

Wow! Fantastic news! That’s a huge relief to land an elite PG at a position where we really needed to hit a home run on - and they did! Congrats coaches and welcome Devon! Who will be the next player to commit to possibly the best recruiting class (on paper) in KU history?!

Len Shaffer 1 month, 1 week ago

Awesome!!!

I'm looking forward to this year but I REALLY can't wait until next year, ESPECIALLY if we get Zion too.

Todd Hudnall 1 month, 1 week ago

Based on the article it look like we are in a good position for Zion Williamson as well. Quentin Grimes decision is probably next (2 guard) and Crystal Ball says KU is the favorite. If we sign Grimes this will arguably be the top recruiting class in KU history. Sign Grimes and Williamson and there will be no argument. The class would include a 5 star player at all 5 positions, the top player in the class and likely at least 3 McD AA's.

I know I'm getting ahead of myself. Right now I'm just thankful to have Devon Dotson coming to Lawrence. Huge pickup! Congratulation to young Mr. Dotson and the KU staff.

Yonatan Negash 1 month ago

Does this mean KU is going to lose a lot of talent in 2018?

Brian Leslie 1 month ago

Svi and Devonte graduate, and Malik and LaGerald each have a ballpark 50/50 shot of going in the 1st round. If we lose all 4 guys, it's good news, because we will have had a heck of a season. That leaves Cunliffe and Garrett as the returning perimeter players. K.J. Lawson can probably play the 3 in a pinch.

Austin Lopez 1 month ago

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU Baby!!! Mr. Dotson walk on down sir, Zion and Quentin are next!

Steve Zimmerman 1 month ago

The cleanest program among the Ivy league!! Zion + Grimes are very likely coming to KU, if they're wise.

Welcome to the family, Mr. Dotson!

Harlan Hobbs 1 month ago

To your point, Yonatan, there will probably be as many as five or six who will be leaving the program. Devonte and Svi graduate. Then Udoka Azubuike and Malik Newman are almost certainly going to leave for the NBA after this season. Add in Lagerald Vick who reportedly is KU's best performer in early practice (Coach Self's words) and perhaps Billy Preston, both of whom would likely leave if the money is there, and you will then have plenty of vacancies to sign five, high profile freshmen to go with the holdovers and the transfers who are sitting out this year.

Remember, KU also has one left over scholarship from this year when Jack Whitman didn't stay. Lastly, there is always the possibility that lack of playing time for some of the holdovers could cause them to transfer out. In short, in today's environment, everything if pretty fluid.

My only concern is that McCormack, de Sousa, Dotson, Grimes, and Williamson (if KU gets them all) are mostly "one and dones" or at best "two and done." Would be nice to get an occasional "four and done" like Frank Mason, Devonte Graham, and Svi.

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Don't forget that we also have the pg transfers from Cal; ?Moore?

Brett McCabe 1 month ago

Interesting that Dotson was basically promised the starting spot with Moore already on the roster.

Shannon Gustafson 1 month ago

Bill Self never promises players playing time. He says the "can" start if they work hard enough, that they have the "talent" to start if they apply themselves, that they have the ability to play the sort of defense a starter would play, etc. At that point any highly ranked high school kid is going to assume he's got the spot locked down (because they have never been on a roster with anyone as good as them at their position) but that doesn't mean Moore can't beat him out for the starting spot.

Robert Brock 1 month ago

I will bet that Self said, "Kid, if you perform to the best of your abilities, you will start."

Andy Godwin 1 month ago

Self never makes promises that you will start before even arriving. Dotson will have obviously have a chance to compete for playing time as does every play who is recruited to KU. Competition is what brings out the best, while exposing weaknesses. Self plays players who can play team defense, which always puts freshman at a disadvantage, since most come from programs where offense is emphasized. Remember Tarik Black started until Embiid learned the ropes. I will admit if Self can get Williamson, it might be one of his best classes (hard to beat one that had both Wiggins and Embiid).

Robin Smith 1 month ago

What a great addition. This is already one amazing class.

Jonathan Allison 1 month ago

The recruiting is looking very impressive this year... and it sounds like we may have a good shot at Zion. I just wonder what it means for some of the transfers who came to KU and are sitting out this year, namely the Lawson Bros. I know that the younger Lawson bro is considered a potential first rounder, so I would assume that he will have the edge on De Sousa.

But I would expect to have Billy Preston back and possibly Udoka.

The potential of having a frontcourt of Billy P., Udoka, Zion W., Dedric Lawson, De Sousa, and McCormack seems a long-shot.

I would expect to see only one or two out of Billy, Udoka, Dedric, KJ Lawson return which likely means at least one or two players will likely leave for the draft too early or will transfer.

If we land Zion Williamson, then I wouldn't be surprised to see Dedric Lawson leave for the NBA draft without ever playing at KU. Which will be a pity because I think that he has the potential to be an all-conference caliber performer for KU.

Jonathan Allison 1 month ago

I'm really glad to finally add a highly rated PG. We were very fortunate with Frank and Devonte to have two real gems. But we've always seemed to strike out with the 5 star PGs.

Hopefully with Charlie Moore's experience having been around the team this year and Devon Dotson's talent, we will have a solid PG rotation next year.

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