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Kansas point guard Devon Dotson named Big 12 newcomer of the week

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Kansas' Devon Dotson (11) gets past Eastern Michigan's Malik Ellison (10) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas' Devon Dotson (11) gets past Eastern Michigan's Malik Ellison (10) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan. by Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

KU point guard Devon Dotson on Monday earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for his role in the Jayhawks’ runaway win over Eastern Michigan last Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Dotson, who has started all 12 KU games this season and is averaging 31.5 minutes per game, was 5-of-7 shooting with four assists, three steals, one blocked shot and three rebounds in the 87-63 in over the Eagles.

The Charlotte native’s .714 shooting percentage was his best of the season and his three steals and blocked shot tied his season highs. Dotson has scored in double figures in each of his last two games and eight times total so far in 2018-19. He leads Kansas with 37 assist and his 18 steals are tied for first on the team.

Dotson becomes the fourth different Jayhawk to earn Big 12 weekly honors this season, joining redshirt junior Dedric Lawson, who has earned both player and newcomer of the week honors, senior Lagerald Vick, a two-time player of the week, and freshman Quentin Grimes, who was named the Big 12 newcomer of the week on Nov. 12.

Asked Monday what he still would like to see from his fabulous freshman in terms of development and improvement, Kansas coach Bill Self pointed to the offensive end of the floor.

"As good as he’s done, and I think he’s done great, I still think he can get more assists, create easier baskets for Dok and Dedric than what we’re doing right now," Self said. "Even though he’s doing a good job of getting downhill, I just think simple plays — feeding the post, (throwing it to the) outside hand — those will be things that he’ll continue to get better on as he continues to move forward.”