Friday, April 12, 2019

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson announces decision to test NBA draft status

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) drives past Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) to score during the first half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) drives past Texas guard Courtney Ramey (3) to score during the first half on an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Add another Jayhawk to the list of players testing the waters for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Freshman point guard Devon Dotson on Friday announced on Twitter that he was planning to “test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA Draft process.”

Unlike teammates Dedric Lawson and Quentin Grimes, who declared earlier this week, Dotson revealed that he planned to retain his “complete college eligibility” while doing so.

Because of that language, the likelihood of Dotson returning to KU next season remains higher than those other two. But if he goes to the pre-draft combine in Chicago and gets good feedback, it’s entirely possible that he, too, could be gone next season.

In 36 games with the Jayhawks during his freshman season — all of them starts — Dotson averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while running the offense and playing big minutes almost every night.

His relentless style and unmatched speed with the ball often gave KU an advantage at the point guard position, and the third team all-Big 12 selection who also landed on the Big 12’s all-freshman team often was said to be well ahead of the pace of former KU greats Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham.

Now, it remains to be seen whether Dotson will get a chance to add to his KU legacy.

"Devon had a great freshman season that probably put him ahead of schedule of where we thought he would be at this juncture of his career," KU coach Bill Self said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

New rules allow underclassmen to work with agents leading up to the draft. In order to do so and retain his college eligibility, Dotson must first request and receive an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

Such a move would allow him to work with an agent — who must be certified by the NBA Players Association — through the pre-draft process and still return to school provided he pulls his name out of the draft pool by the May 29 deadline.

The second option that would allow him keep his KU eligibility while still working with an agent would be in place all the way through the draft but would require two things following the June 20 draft. First, he would have to go undrafted. Second, if he does not get picked and wants to return to KU, he then would have to sever all ties with his agent before returning to Kansas.

It remains to be seen how all of this plays out, but at least in Dotson’s case this seems a little more exploratory. Rather than sit back and work to improve on his own, Dotson is entering into the draft process so he can get feedback on what exactly he needs to work on and what NBA teams are looking for from him be it now or in the future.

"I've had multiple discussions with Devon and his family, talking not only about the season but where he stands with his basketball future," Self said in the statement. "They felt, and I do not disagree, they could gather more information on exactly where he stands in the eyes of the NBA if he were to declare and get as much feedback as he possible can. They made it very clear to me that in no way, shape or form is he saying goodbye or is he going to compromise his collegiate eligibility in order to get that information. He will follow the guidelines the NCAA and NBA have put forth to allow him to sign with an agent to get feedback and make the decision. We support their decision. Although we wish him the very best in his preparation for this, we also believe there is a great chance that he'll have a tremendous sophomore season at Kansas."

If Dotson stays in the draft, KU then would have five open scholarships to fill and just four players returning from last season’s rotation — Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, Mitch Lightfoot and David McCormack.

The future for KU big men Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa remain question marks, as well, with Azubuike expected to move on as well and De Sousa still awaiting word about his appeal of his two-year suspension by the NCAA.

The spring signing period opens Tuesday and next week is a big week for two of the top remaining prospects on KU’s wish list, with 4-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley expected to announce his decision Tuesday and Top 10 forward Matt Hurt slated to reveal his choice on April 19.

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Suzi Marshall 2 years ago

Nobody should be surprised by this announcement. Given the current rules and being in a similar circumstance, I would have had this kind of an announcement ready to August. Plus, given all the upheaval this year surrounding the program, I imagine many of those kids would want out of Lawrence asap. Self is going to need to completely rebuild the program. Best of luck to everyone with their job prospects. Those players sticking it out with Kansas deserve our admiration.

Craig Carson 2 years ago

i think you are vastly over exaggerating the FBI mess that KU is in..none of these kids are trying to flee Lawrence

Suzi Marshall 2 years ago

Not just the FBI mess but everything else, like the Silvio ordeal might leave some kids not wanting to play for the NCAA, plus this group ended the Championship streak. lost double digit games and couldn't make the second weekend of the Tournament.

Craig Carson 2 years ago

i highly doubt any of these kids are that emotionally tramatized by this past seasons losses that they'd be looking to jump fans are more bothered by it than they are...

Brett McCabe 2 years ago

We are more bothered by the losses than they are? Do you want to repeat that? Maybe mull on it for a second or two? Getting curb-stomped in the NCAA's and virtually every gym in the Big 12 not named AFH?

If they aren't in a really, really, really frustrated state-of-mind, then you have correctly identified the problem. Other than that Bill has epically mismanaged the roster, sullied the program and the university and apparently thinks the solution is to go running after a couple more 5-star players.

If you are naive enough to think that the advisors, mentors and parents aren't telling these kids to Get Out, then you think we can still win 15 straight.

Self has created an enormous mess by taking shortcuts. Now it's time for us to pay the check for a basketball program that has run unchecked for far too long.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years ago

Your post made me rethink my position.

Suzi Marshall 2 years ago

I'm on board with most of that, including Self probably gave a blind eye (see no evil, hear no evil...) to what Adidas and others were doing. Where we probably differ is what that means. I belief Self just recognized late the nature of CBB and know what AZ, UK, D, O and others were up too. On this issue, I'm 100% on the players side and believe the NCAA is a criminal organization. Self was caught in a tough situation trying to run an elite program, doing right for his guys while belonging to a crime syndicate intent to shake down the players. Who would have ever thought the FBI would come in and do an investigation on the victims of the Criminal Family. Kansas Basketball no doubt needs rebuilding but there is NOBODY....and I mean NOBODY, I'd rather have doing it than Billy Eugene Self, Jr. I vote for awarding Self a lifetime contract and tell the NCAA what they can do to themselves.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

It is as disinguous as it is typical to parse the statement.

Craig does not say that the players are not really frustrated as you have focused on.

Craig does say that they are not so frustrated that they are looking to quit as the fans. It is understandable that you would object and distort, because you are the preeminent quitter.

And no the advisors, etc. are not telling them to "Get Out". They are telling the players the same thing that Coach Self is telling them this year as he has been telling players for years now. They are all telling the players to continue pursuing their athletic dreams and achievements. It's no different for them this year as it has been for the past 10 or 20.

And yes, we can still win 15 straight. It will just take 15 or more years to accomplish. And your ignorance of this only goes to underscore all the more your ignorance and lack of commitment. You are the preeminent of all quitters.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

You are EXACTLY correct. The fans care more than the team.

And you accuse people of quitting on the team. Rah, Rah, Rah! You need to keep your positions

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

You can't really believe that. If you think that the players care less than the fans than I would have to question your observational talents. I don't see a scout in your future.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years ago

If we need to Self to completely rebuild the program then maybe we need someone else to build it.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

Coach Self has already shown his ability to rebuild the program after losing the majority of his starters and reserves. Not sure if there is any other coach now or in history that has done as much and followed it with another championship. There's a reason he's in the HOF and others are in armchairs. He doesn't quit like too many here.

Allin Herring 2 years ago

The FBI may have something to say about that. When he comes up with zero top recruits what is he going to build the program on. The players we have are bailing and no top tier players want to touch the program. Self caused the situation but someone else may need to clean it up.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

I think a lot of fans, players, institutions, traditions etc. are going to have a lot to say unless everything gets swept under the rug though I doubt the FBI will go along with that.

Probably going to change the way the game is played. Every player one day will become an unrestricted free agent. Can we actively recruit players from other teams in the future?

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

Why?? Because redshirts and transfers can't play. We sure lit our asses on fire from transfers like Charlie Moore and KJ. Your assimilating talent NOT building a team. And how did those last three transfers work out?

From Dirk: "Coach Self has already shown his ability to rebuild the program after losing the majority of his starters and reserves. Not sure if there is any other coach now or in history that has done as much and followed it with another championship".

Nothing against any of these players. They came to Kansas. They are Jayhawks but still, over a two year period, there were six uniforms that produced one good season from one player. Doesn't sound like success to me but then again, I don't count make-believe championships.

Lastly, I have no idea what you're talking about with winning a championship with a veteran team in 2008 and following it up with another championship. I just don't remember the 2nd (shrooms?).

Dale Rogers 2 years ago

I think it is a smart move for Dotson. Find out what "they" think he needs to work on and then come back and work on those things. Or, if they say "we want you now," he has that option as well.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 2 years ago

Well, I'm surprised, but as Suzi noted, I shouldn't be. It sounds like he's likely to return unless he gets told he'll be drafted. These new rules certainly make building a team challenging. Good luck either way Devon but I hope to see you back leading the team next year.

Craig Carson 2 years ago

IMO, unless he is told he is a 1st round pick, he shouldnt waste his time staying in the draft..if NPOY Mason was 2nd rounder, I dont see how Dotson would be any higher

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

One big difference is their height. Devon has several inches on Frank.

Frank stayed long enough to develop his skills, and Devon is still in that developmental stage. Unfortunately, the NBA in the past has seemed to be enamored with the unknown potential. They've been burned by it plenty of time, so not sure how much they've learned yet.

Bryce Landon 2 years ago

Holy crap, is ANYBODY coming back to the team next season???

Tony Bandle 2 years ago

Can Mitch play point guard !!!???

Gerry Butler 2 years ago

Gonna have to play Mitch at point - -Garrett at the 2 spot an Dave the 5 - - - play Tehean- - as our small forward lol - -HOLY CRAP - - - -at this point now NOTHING will surprise me - -hell , wouldn't surprise me now if Ochai looks around at what's there and even he declare for the Draft - I'm tellin ya maybe there is more fire then we thought about Coach Self leaving - -maybe he says the hell with this -- penalities coming - -losing all these players he picks up and Goes to the NBA. - Doesn't really have anything left to prove at the college level. - -Hall of Fame Coach - - - - Won an NCAA Title - - - Hold the record for most conference championships that probably will never be broken - hasa nothing more to prove at the College level - -turning into a really big warm pile of Dog doo

Craig Carson 2 years ago

wow..the over exaggerated panic is over the top..calm down..we all knew Lawson was leaving and Grimes was a OAD coming in...Dotson is just testing the waters to get feed back..he isnt even on anyones draft boards..he'll be back in Lawrence next season as will Self...and KU wont be receiving any sanctions

Marius Rowlanski 2 years ago

That last game was certainly no resume builder. Not sure there's much to worry about here.

Mark Wooden 2 years ago

No real surprise here. The direction and status that Bill Self and team have been leading the program; it was bound to happen at some point. At least he has some options as well on where he really wants to be. It is a nice to have friends and family in high places. Best wishes to all and here is to getting truths and not smoke blown up your arse.

Chad Smith 2 years ago

A couple 5 star undecided point guards are starting to gain more interest by the minute.

Craig Carson 2 years ago

He is most certainly to return...nothing wrong with getting feed back from the NBA ...I don't even think he is on anyone's draft board..

Bj Cassady 2 years ago

How does that go? Doom agony and Misery for me!

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

In some ways it is actually entertaining to watch some run around like their hair's on fire and taking pot shots at anyone and everyone. Fortunately, the players apparently don't read this blog. Most are still stating that the fans here are the best, most supportive fans.

Armen Kurdian 2 years ago

OK, this makes absolutely no sense. This keeps up with players 'tentatively' declaring for the draft, eventually the NBA and NCAA will catch on and this option is going to go away when you have nearly a thousand players doing the same thing.

I understand what he's trying to do. I also am sure that he has no intention of leaving (maybe I'm wrong, but don't think so).

For crying out loud, he's under 6', and even NPoY Frank Mason is barely holding his own with the Kings, DD is so far behind in absolute terms what are they going to tell him?

Shannon Gustafson 2 years ago

This is exactly what the NCAA rule was intended to do. It allows kids to get evaluated and get real info from NBA teams about their future without losing eligibility. It's to prevent the problem where kids enter the draft, don't get drafted, and then have screwed their entire future on one bad decision. This way they can test, get real feedback, make a more informed decision, and then still have the college option if they decide they aren't ready for the NBA, or think they are but don't get drafted.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

Any player can declare, but I believe there has to be some affirmation from the NBA for the player to continue with all the options mentioned. It limits the number of players to the ones that the NBA wants to evaluate, and that's not thousands.

You are also mistaken about Devon's height relative to Frank. Devon is listed at 6-2 and Frank as 5-11. Their actual heights may differ, but Devon is still 3 inches taller, and is likely taller than 6 foot.

Barry Weiss 2 years ago

This one hurts more than any of the others. I hope he returns, but understand if he decides not to. He was/is really set to be our leader next year, even as a freshman. He has a full year of Coach Self's system under his belt. Dang.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years ago

I know Self has at least one point guard committed for next season with Isaac McBride. Rivals ranks McBride as the 107th overall player he did make the top 20 in his position.

Besides, Dotson didn't leave any type of legacy that a new player might feel the need to equal or better.

Allin Herring 2 years ago

Dotson is much closer to being a NBA prospect than Grimes. Grimes has read his press clips prior to reaching college and forgot to play up to those clips this year and is heading the way of Josh Selby and maybe Grimes will have an NBA career like Selby's.... Oh yea he did not have one! And neither will Grimes! Dotson on the other hand will have a career in the NBA I only hope he takes the NBA input he will receive and comes back to improve on them. But i am afraid he may think coming back to the mess that Self and his FBI buddies has created is just not worth it. Thanks Bill!

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

That game against Michigan State in the Champions Classic must have given us false information. In the one game where Quentin Grimes showed everyone why he was so highly ranked. It was a great opening act.

Robert Brock 2 years ago

I hope that KU can at least make the NIT next season.

Marius Rowlanski 2 years ago

Another long running streak coming to an end? How many straight NCAA tournaments?

No worries, help is on the way. We currently have the 8th best longest recruiting class in the BIG12.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

The Fat Lady hasn't sung yet, but you are welcome to quit anytime. I'm also pretty sure a big chunk of the national runners up weren't in Lubbock at this time last year either, so it isn't really relevant where we are less than one month after the season. Lot's will happen between now and next school year.

Brian Wilson 2 years ago

Dotson is not leaving. I don't blame him for testing though.

Wouldn't be surpirsed if Agbaji does the same. He shouldn't be leaving either.

I don't think KU has as much exposure in this mess as others. There are two more supposedly larger cases this summer (June) that if it goes accordingly, and its media exposure with its Avenatii association, the Adidas case will be way over shadowed. My guess is there are a lot of other programs that have greater exposure in all of this mess and it's going to get ugly.

KU will be fine. Projected starting 6 without adding anyone is:
Agbaji - Braun

Add back in Dok, and then Silvio and we are looking pretty good. Plus, if Self gets busy there are quite a few good players still available not to mention grad transfers and international players.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

We haven't begun to see what Coach Self and co. can accomplish, but the quitters are still sure of our demise. Do you remember when the reporters use to bet against the Jayhawks? At least they have come to realize just how exceptional Coach is, which is why most still have us well within the top 20. That's quite the contrast to the hunched over Nostradomus geniuses predicting/insinuating that we'll essentially finish in the bottom half of the conference and go to the NIT at best.

I wouldn't count on Dok or Silvio (though still hoping), but I would bet on Coach.

Jay Scott 2 years ago

Grimes declares for the draft - Chicken Littles have a stroke "Self is an idiot"

Dotson declares for the draft - It's cool. Of course he should/crickets.

Gary Wilson 2 years ago

Grimes is the idiot. He really thinks he's being drafted. Dotson understands the process, and is taking advantage of it.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

The 2 really haven't done anything different at this point, but you might be half right. Someone is an idiot.

Eric Brunner 2 years ago

Good for him. Why wouldn't any CBB player with NBA hopes not take advantage of this evaluation process and get experience working with an agent? It offers a great outside perspective on what they need to work on and introduces them to the business side of the sport. Imagine if we all got to sit in on college courses for a summer while we were in high school so we knew what to expect.

Dirk Medema 2 years ago

Or like an internship while in college. Really valuable experience.

Brian Conrad 2 years ago

Truth is hundreds are going to test NBA with 64 spots . Personally think Devon has higher ceiling than Grimes , hope someone points out the hundreds of 6’5” guys for 20 spots. Big guys that can shoot high on draft day 6-8 guys that can shoot and really fast guys that can shoot. High percentage shooting is key

Brian Conrad 2 years ago

Ps the NCAA kid gloves with UNC and Duke is crazy

If not for KU NCAA. Basketball would not exist. Naismith , Allen , Dean Smith , Rupp , Calapari , Brown etc etc way to many to mention all the KU. Guys that PAID for NCAA. Basketball officials salaries
Someday the top 50 money making schools could Norte Dame the NCAA

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 12 months ago

Why are the best players in Kansas going to play for other teams?

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