One of the top high school point guards in the country is scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to Kansas this weekend.
Devon Dotson, a 6-foot-1 senior from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., who is ranked No. 33 nationally by Rivals.com, will be on campus Friday through Sunday.
“Dotson is pound for pound one of the toughest competitors in high school basketball and a winner,” Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi said of the 170-pound Dotson, who has a recruiting list of KU, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Wake Forest. He recently eliminated Arizona from his list of schools following the commitment of No. 15-ranked Jahvon Quinerly to the Wildcats.
“He has displayed innate toughness, unbelievable scoring abilities at the basket and an excellent feel for the game,” Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans reported after watching Dotson play for Team Charlotte AAU last spring.
“He is a point guard that has no issues finding his own offense. He is a sturdy defender that can run a half-court offense, which has enabled for a national recruitment,” Evans added.
Dotson — who moved from his hometown of Chicago to North Carolina with his family whe he was in sixth grade — is one of several point guards in the Class of 2018 considering KU. The Jayhawks, who will need to replace senior guards Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk and perhaps pro prospects Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick after this season, also are pursuing No. 10 (according to Rivals.com) Immanuel Quickley, No. 12 Darius Garland, No. 20 Quentin Grimes, No. 21 Ayo Dosunmu and No. 50 Jalen Carey to name a few.
“Kansas … the style of play, I think it fits mine,” Dotson said in a recent interview with Zagsblog.com. “They said they need a guard to come in and lead from Day One and they think I can be the guy.”
Dotson averaged 24.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game his junior year at Providence Day. This past summer, he averaged 19.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Team Charlotte AAU.
Dotson joined No. 2-ranked Zion Williamson’s South Carolina Supreme AAU team at the end of July and is a good friend of the 6-6 Williamson, who has a list of KU, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, South Carolina, Clemson and others.
“Dotson owns elite speed and quickness as his frame is sturdy, strong and dependable to absorb bumps and contact,” reads ESPN.com’s scouting profile of Dotson.
“With his burst off the bounce he applies pressure to a defense as he will push it with straight-line speed at the rim to score or find a teammate with his head up. Against a set defense he understands to set up the offense and create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
“He is quick to hit the open man but also has the IQ to break off a play and create his own opportunity. It’s very difficult to keep him out of the paint as he beats a defense with sheer blow-by speed and also by changing his gears. His body control stands out as he makes his lay-up and is a reliable shooter especially with the pull up jumper inside the arc.”
ESPN.com’s profile writer added: “Dotson can produce big scoring numbers or be a high assist guy which makes him a dual threat. Defensively he has a knack for steals but he must remember his lateral quickness can make him an outstanding on-ball defender. As he continues to play fast and think slowly he will process the game even better. (He is) one of the top point guards in the class.”
Quickley down to three schools
Immanuel Quickley, a 6-4 senior point guard from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md., has a final three of Kentucky, Kansas and Miami, he told csnmidatlantic.com. Quickley, the No. 10 ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, has eliminated Maryland.
Kentucky is considered the heavy favorite for Quickley.
“You just have to sit back and smile,” Quickley told csnmidatlantic.com, referring to being recruited by Kentucky. “It definitely was cool to have coach (John) Calipari reach out to me.”
Of Kansas, Quickley said: “I think they’ve taken players — not even like myself — players that haven’t been as talented as me and gotten them to the highest level, so I think that’s been a big part of what’s stood out.”
Carey to visit Miami
Jalen Carey, a 6-4 senior point guard from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, N.J., who is ranked No. 50 by Rivals.com, will visit Miami this weekend, according to Zagsblog.com. He also will visit KU on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 as well as Syracuse and UConn. He also has Rutgers and Villanova on his list.