Freshman guard Devon Dotson has submitted paperwork to make himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Dotson, a 2018 McDonald’s American and the No. 72 overall prospect by ESPN, has made it clear that this decision is in order to gauge the NBA’s interest in him and that he may very well still return to Lawrence next season.
“After careful consideration with my family and coaches, I have decided to test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA draft process.” Dotson told ESPN. “I feel it’s a great opportunity to obtain feedback from NBA personnel… I would like to thank God, my family, coach [Bill] Self, the entire coaching staff and teammates, along with the fans of the University of Kansas for their continued support.”
In his first – and possibly only – season at Kansas, Dotson became the Jayhawks’ starting point guard and averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 32 minutes per game. He was named Third-Team All-Big 12 and to the All-Freshman team. Per Givony, the 19-year-old has outstanding quickness and perimeter defense skills, which should earn him an invite to an NBA combine.
Here are several more NBA draft decisions:
- Markus Howard, G, Marquette (junior), has decided to return to Milwaukee for his senior season with the Golden Eagles (Twitter link via Howard). Howard was ranked the No. 87 overall prospect by Givony on ESPN.
- Brandon Randolph, G, Arizona (sophomore), will enter his name into the 2019 NBA Draft (Instagram link via Randolph).
- Neemias Queta, C, Utah State (freshman), will test the NBA Draft waters, per an official release from the Aggies.
- Keith Braxton, G, St. Francis (PA) (junior), has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, per an official release from his college program.