Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Damyean Dotson, the former Oregon and Houston guard who was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday.
Dotson, who averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at Houston, is considered a prototypical “3-and-D” guy. He was ranked eighth nationally with 3.38 made three-pointers per game and shot 44.3 percent from behind the arc.
“I’m a ‘3-and-D’ guy, two guard, just doing the little things,” he told DraftExpress.com after a recent workout in L.A. “Playing hard. diving on the floor, getting the loose balls, rebounding on both ends, getting my teammates involved and being the hardest worker on the court. Maybe it’s five minutes or 10 minutes, or whatever it is, just playing as hard as I can and come off and get that win.
“Just having great attitude and effort.”
Dotson, who played the 1, 2 and 3 in college, says he wants to work on “consistently making the three-ball.”
“Forty percent is sustainable, I wouldn’t say 45,” he said. “I gotta keep working, keep working, keep working. But I would say 40 percent and higher is definitely what I’m reaching for, that’s my goal.”
Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, a former NBA assistant, believes Dotson has a future in the league.
“He can score out of actions as good as anybody I have coached,” Sampson told ZAGSBLOG. “He has great footwork and great technique in everything he does. He’s extremely disciplined and a monster worker. His game really translates to the NBA level because of the things he does besides scoring.
“He averaged seven rebounds and will defend the other team’s best scorer. He’s an outstanding shooter and is tough. I love this kid. He’s a winner.”
The Knicks have the No. 8 pick plus two second-rounders (Nos. 44 and 58), while the Nets pick at 22, 27 and 57.
Dotson’s workout with the Knicks was first reported by Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.