Is PG Devon Dotson's decision coming soon?


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2018 point guard Devon Dotson, the No. 17-ranked player in the country according to, appears to be down to two finalists in his recruitment — Kansas and Maryland.

And an announcement seems to be forthcoming.

So says Dotson’s father, Dana Dotson, who told Russ Wood, of the site Terrapin Sports Report, that his son’s decision would be revealed, “Pretty soon. Like in a week or so.”

That was Monday, so the smart money is on Dotson making some kind of announcement next week. While it remains to be seen which program he picks, it’s a safe assumption that it will be either KU or Maryland.

Florida was the other program with the best chance at landing Dotson, but the Gators' Monday commitment from five-star point guard Andrew Nembhard is believed to have closed the book on the idea of Dotson becoming a Gator, leaving KU and Maryland as the clear leaders.

Dotson has visited both programs — Kansas in late August and Maryland last weekend — and he also has hosted coaches from each program for in-home visits.

If you’re the type that likes to dive into the reaction from each visit to see if that will predict what decision will be made, you might be inclined to say advantage Kansas.

When asked after the visit to Lawrence how things went, Dotson’s father used the word “great” when recapping the visit for recruiting analysts. When asked the same question by Wood about last week’s visit to Maryland, Dotson’s father said the visit was “good.”

Those are just words. And it’s hardly a safe bet to base any kind of prediction off of a single word. But there’s little denying that most people believe that great is better than good.

Either way, it was information the Dotson family was in search of during these visits. Specifically, how each program saw the 6-foot-1, 180-pound, five-star point guard from Charlotte fitting into their roster next year.

At Kansas, the feedback was favorable, as Dotson’s father told him the coaches continually emphasized that they could see Dotson operating as the team’s point guard right away.

At Maryland, which features sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan already in place, the focus was on how the Terps’ roster would look a year from now.

“The one thing we did ask for on the way out is just their projected depth chart,” Dotson’s father told Wood. “We wanted to see, ‘Who do you really expect to be there next year, who do you really expect to be there sophomore year?’ They have a couple of guys that are pretty talented and have a shot of going to the NBA. We do it ourselves, but we can’t do it from a coach’s point (of view).”

That’s where help from the coaches comes in and they often have to answer the same questions more than once just to reassure players and their families that what they remember or are thinking is correct.

While Maryland gained an advantage in hosting Dotson most recently, it’s worth noting that during the past two weeks alone, KU coaches Bill Self, Norm Roberts and Jerrance Howard all have made their way to Charlotte to check in on Dotson.

With the visits behind them and all of the information and answers in front of them, it seems as if it now is time for the Dotson family to wade through it all and come to a conclusion about which school is best for them.

For what it’s worth, the 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions have Kansas listed as the heavy favorite for Dotson, at 82 percent.


John Fitzgerald 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Crystal Ball predictions for our top remaining targets...

Zion Williamson SF (RNK 2) 43% KU

Romeo Langford SG (RNK 6) 24% KU

Quentin Grimes PG (RNK 11) 100% KU

Devon Dotson PG (RNK 17) 82% KU

And we already have commitments from two bigs in David McCormack (RNK 33) and Silvio De Sousa (RNK 25). Should be a dang good class.

Craig Carson 9 months, 3 weeks ago

adding all those guys to the 2 guys KU already has signed would be a massive haul..probably the best recruiting class in Kansas history..though I had heard that once Langford backed away from Louisville that KU was darn near 100% to get him..seeing as how both Dotson AND Grimes play PG, its hard for me to see KU landing both of them, especially with Charlie Moore already on the roster..though I wouldnt be opposed to it...If KU can land Williamson, it would be the 3rd elite wing player that Self has snatched away from Calipari LOL

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Dotson is a true PG, Grimes is going to play off the ball regardless of whoever else KU signs.

Craig Carson 9 months, 2 weeks ago

if that is true then maybe they could land both

Dirk Medema 9 months, 3 weeks ago

It would seem advantageous for Devon to claim his spot sooner rather than later if Grimes is really thought to be 100%. We'll still likely need off guards/SF.

Craig Carson 9 months, 3 weeks ago

it depends..Cunliffe has a lot of potential and talent..if he comes in during the 2nd semester and asserts himself, he could very well be the starting SF for the 2018-2019 season..he is 6'6..thats good size for SF

Marcus Balzer 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Interesting that Langford's prediction percentage is that low when reports came out last week or the week before that he was 'all but a done deal' to KU.

Matt Tait 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Yeah. Who knows why. I'm not sure Langford to KU is 100 percent, but it's definitely higher than 24 percent.

John Fitzgerald 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I thought that my self. Usually 247 is good about updating their crystal ball predictions but maybe they also have inside information we don't have.

Freddie Garza 9 months, 3 weeks ago

See how he looks like he's trying to initiate contact on his drives to the rim? I like that. We recently had another guy that was really good at initiating contact on his drives. He's was a pretty decent player.

Matt Tait 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Yep. I agree, Freddie. Saw a lot of Mason in that highlight video... That's high praise, of course, but he seems to be starting from a very good position.

Robert Brock 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't see Grimes as a point guard at the college level. Strictly a deuce - like Wayne Selden. KU will get Grimes.

But, KU really NEEDS Devon Dotson to play the point. Kid's an absolute stud.

Craig Carson 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I wouldnt say KU NEEDs Dotson to play PG (at least starting anyway)..Charlie Moore looks pretty good..Dotson would look good backing up Moore..that would KU some depth at that position

Matt Tait 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I actually agree 100 percent with Robert. I don't think anyone's thinking of Grimes as a PG and Dotson very much is. Beyond that, I think Moore would be more likely to back up Dotson.

Craig Carson 9 months, 3 weeks ago

unless Dotson wows in practice and looks like the 2nd coming of Frank Mason, id rather have a seasoned guy with a whole year in the system (Charlie Moore) under his belt as the starting PG

Matt Tait 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Understood. But Moore, to me, seems like a perfect back-up PG. That's not a knock. He's just a little undersized, not as explosive and won't have the same athleticism and overall talent of a guy like Dotson or someone similar.

Again, that's not to say Moore's no good. He's definitely good. He wouldn't be here if he weren't. But I think it's good in a good-in-a-supporting-role kind of way. A lot will depend on who they can get and what that guy/those guys show/do when they get to campus.

Austin Lopez 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Matt Tait, Please refresh my memory. When was the last time Bill Self and Kansas started a true freshman at the point guard position????

Dirk Medema 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Coach has now shown again that he can and prefers to operate with multiple players that can handle the point.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 2 weeks ago

And we definitely need more than one or even two wings.

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