KU recruiting target Devon Dotson schedules official trip to Lawrence

Providence Day's Devon Dotson | John D. Simmons | jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

One of the top point guards in the recruiting Class of 2018 has scheduled an official recruiting trip to Kansas.

Devon Dotson, a 6-foot-1 senior from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., who is ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will visit KU on Aug. 25-27, sources confirmed on Wednesday.

Dotson — he averaged 24.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game his junior year — has a final list of KU, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State and USC.

He eliminated Arizona on Tuesday after the Wildcats received a commitment from No. 16-ranked Jahvon Quinerly.

Quinerly, a 6-foot senior from Hudson Catholic High in Hackensack, N.J., had KU on his final list of schools.

There’s been talk that a Dotson commitment might also help KU land No. 3-ranked Zion Williamson, a 6-6 senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School. Dotson joined Williamson’s South Carolina Supreme AAU team at the end of July. Williamson, a certain one-and-done college player, has a list of KU, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, South Carolina, Clemson and others.

Here’s ESPN.com’s player profile on Dotson: “Dotson owns elite speed and quickness as his frame is sturdy, strong and dependable to absorb bumps and contact. 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. He is a reliable shooter especially with the pull-up jumper inside the arc. He is a fierce competitor who leads and wins.”

ESPN 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. One of the top point guards in the class.”

Dosunmu considering 11

Ayo Dosunmu, a 6-4 senior point guard from Morgan Park High in Chicago, who is ranked No. 22 nationally by Rivals.com, on Wednesday tweeted a list of 11 schools. They are: KU, Illinois, Memphis, Oklahoma State, USC, North Carolina State, Xavier, Creighton, Wake Forest, UConn and New Mexico.

Little drops KU from list

Nassir Little, a 6-6 senior forward from Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep, who is ranked No. 30 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, on Wednesday dropped KU from his list of schools. He tweeted a final five of Duke, Arizona, Miami, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Langford giveaway Saturday

Former KU guard Keith Langford will hold a back-to-school giveaway Saturday for grade school students in the Lawrence community. Langford, 33, will distribute 150 backpacks and school supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at his local Wingstop Restaurant located at 2233 Louisiana St. Children who receive supplies will also be eligible to enter a drawing for an autographed basketball from the KU men’s team.

Langford recently signed a one-year contract worth $2.2 million with the Shenzhen Leopards, a pro team in China.

“This is an opportunity for me to reciprocate the love and support that the community gave to me while I was playing here,” Langford said in a release. The 6-4 guard ranks seventh on KU’s all-time scoring list with 1,812 points during his KU career from 2002-05.

Chalmers fundraisers coming

Former KU guard Mario Chalmers will hold several fundraisers for his Mario V. Foundation in coming days in Lawrence.

A VIP Mixer will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, at the Oread Hotel. At the mixer, a Heart of the Champion Award will be presented to KU associate athletic director Scott Ward. A bowling event for families will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Royal Crest Lanes. Chalmers’ annual golf tournament will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, at The Jayhawk Club.

Half of the net proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence Teen Center. To register for any event, go to MarioVChalmersFoundation.org or call 785-505-0639.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore


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