Kansas reloaded its future backcourt on Friday as five-star point guard Devon Dotson pledged to the Jayhawks.
The 6-foot-1 native of Charlotte is considered the No. 17 overall prospect in the national Class of 2018, according to Rivals. An aggressive, attacking guard who likes to play downhill, Dotson should step in and contribute immediately for Kansas, especially since the Jayhawks could be losing both Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman after this season.
Even if Kansas loses this season’s starting backcourt, head coach Bill Self now has reinforcements in Dotson and Cal transfer Charlie Moore, a former four-star lead guard who is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Not only does Self have the two-point guard lineup that he’s liked using lately, but Dotson and Moore compliment each other pretty well. While Dotson is aggressive getting to the rim and setting up others, Moore is a very talented spot-up shooter who can either wait on the perimeter once Dotson drives or attack off the bounce on his own when he gets the ball.
The combination of Dotson and Moore, the Lawson brothers, five-star forward Silvio de Sousa and four-star center David McCormack already gives the Jayhawks six talented pieces for next season as Kansas already has the makings of a very strong roster — especially when you don’t consider returning pieces.
Dotson’s commitment has another interesting angle for Kansas, since the North Carolina-native is close with five-star forward and YouTube sensation Zion Williamson. Teammates for the final AAU event of the summer in Las Vegas, Dotson will undoubtedly be in Williamson’s ear to join him in Lawrence next season. Williamson has already taken an official visit to Kansas as he continues his tour of programs.