Bill Self’s 2018 class now has a new headliner.
On Friday evening, blue-chip Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) point guard Devon Dotson brought his recruitment to a close, siding with the Kansas Jayhawks over Maryland, N.C. State and Clemson, among others.
A 5-star floor general, Dotson’s recruitment was one that was rarely easy to read, but it became clear down the stretch that the Terrapins served as the Jayhawks biggest competition for his pledge. After fending off late pushes from N.C. State and Clemson, as well, Self finally landed an elite talent to finish building his 2018 class around.
In fact, despite the Jayhawks owning a reputation as a perennial recruiting power, Dotson’s pledge provides Kansas with its first 5-star point guard addition since Josh Selby in 2010.
Following his late August official visit to Lawrence, Dotson told Jayhawkslant.com, “The takeaway is that Bill Self is making me a priority and that he wants to put the ball in my hands. He thinks I could be the next great point guard coming out of Kansas and that was the biggest takeaway.”
With senior guard Devonte’ Graham’s replacement now on board, as he joins 4-star power forward Silvio De Sousa and 4-star center David McCormack, Self and his staff can focus on adding additional star power around Dotson. The Jayhawks remain heavily in the mix with 5-star combo guard Quentin Grimes, and it’s quite possible that 5-star small forward Zion Williamson —this cycle’s most glamorized prospect — ultimately calls Kansas home.
With the addition of Dotson, Kansas 2018 class jumps up to No. 3 nationally, trailing only North Carolina and Arizona.
A 6-foot-2, 180-pound North Carolina native, Dotson is ranked as the nation’s No. 24 player, No. 6 point guard and the No. 2 player in North Carolina, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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