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Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self looked ahead to next season and explained KU's breakdowns in an 89-75 loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City.

Kansas freshman Devon Dotson will enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, Dotson announced Friday on Twitter.

Dotson, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Charlotte, North Carolina, averaged 12.3 points (48% shooting), 3.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds for the 26-10 Jayhawks. He made 33 of 91 threes for 36%.

“After careful consideration with my family and coaches, I have decided to test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA Draft process,” Dotson said. “I feel it’s a great opportunity to obtain feedback from NBA personnel to make fully informed decisions regarding by basketball future.

“Based on new rules, I will hire an agent and move forward while retaining my complete college eligibility.”

Dotson, if invited, will be able to compete at the NBA Combine May 14-19 in Chicago. He has until May 29 to withdraw from the draft if he wishes to return to school.

Players are allowed to hire agents during the testing process as long as they end the relationship if they return to school.

“I’ve had multiple discussions with Devon and his family talking not only about the season but where he stands with his basketball future,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday. “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.”

Self added: “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.”

Thus far this offseason, junior Dedric Lawson also has declared for the draft. His brother K.J., along with guard Charlie Moore, have announced plans to transfer. Also, on Wednesday, guard Quentin Grimes declared for the draft; it’s believed Grimes will keep his name in, whereas Dotson indicated he is leaving open the possibility of a return to KU.

Junior Udoka Azubuike is expected to announce at some point for the draft. Sophomore Silvio De Sousa’s status for next season remains in question; he has been ordered to sit out next season by the NCAA, with KU appealing the ruling.

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