LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball guard Devon Dotson has decided to enter the NBA Draft process, KU head coach Bill Self confirmed Friday. Dotson announced his intentions via twitter.
“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. “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.”
Dotson started at point guard for KU in 2018-19 earning All-Big 12 Third Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors where he averaged 12.3 points, 13th in the Big 12, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, sixth in the Big 12, and 1.4 steals, 10th in the Big 12, per game. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound, Charlotte, North Carolina, native was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team where he averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the three games. Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week Feb. 11, Dotson led KU in assists 19 times and steals 14 times.
“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,” Self said.
Dotson’s tweet said he decided to test the waters and enter the NBA Draft process in gathering feedback from NBA personnel. It read he will hire an agent yet retain his college eligibility.
“I would like to thank God, my family, Coach Self, the entire coaching staff and teammates along with the fans of the University of Kansas for their continued support,” Dotson’s tweet concluded.
Dotson is the fifth member of the 2018-19 roster that will not be returning next season. Guards Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson have announced their intentions to transfer and forward Dedric Lawson and guard Quentin Grimes declared for the NBA Draft earlier this month.