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.
Devon Dotson, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard from Providence Day (NC) School and Team Charlotte (NC), committed to Kansas on Friday.
Dotson also considered Maryland, and was also recruited by UCLA, Florida and Clemson, among others.
Dotson averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game this summer on the AAU circuit playing for former NBA guard Jeff McInnis.
“I think he’s one of the most explosive guys getting to the basket,” McInnis said by phone. “He gets to the basket at will. He has an improved jump shot. He’s a dog, he’s tough on the court, he don’t back down. He plays defense the same way he plays offense. That’s what I always liked about him.
“I think he’ll bring leadership, he’s a winner. We won every year that I’ve had him. Everywhere he goes, he wins. So I think he’s a winner.”
Kansas expects to lose several players in 2018, including point guard Devonte’ Graham and will have a need for Dotson, the No. 26-ranked player in the 2018 ESPN 100.
“Coach [Bill] Self has made me a priority and he wants to put the ball in my hands,” Dotson said after his visit. “Just be in attack mode and run the show. He thinks I’m the top point guard in the nation, so he believes in me a lot.”
Dotson chatted on the visit with 6-8 forward Silvio de Sousa, ESPN’s No. 28-ranked player who committed to Kansas after the visit. Kansas later landed 6-10 Oak Hill Academy (VA) big man David McCormack.
“Yeah, he’s a great player and we were talking about teaming up,” Dotson said of de Sousa. “Just playing together, it would be fun to play with him.”
As for Dotson’s future, McInnis says he’s a pro.
“I think he just needs to go to college and work, and that will take care of itself,” he said. “I think he’s a pro, but I wouldn’t put the pressure on him to say, ‘You’re a one-and-done.’ He’s a great, kid, I think he has pro potential, I wouldn’t want to say when, but he’s definitely an NBA player.”
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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.