Point guard Devon Dotson close to decision day, dad tells Rivals.com

Devon Dotson, a high school senior point guard who is considering attending the University of Kansas, could be close to choosing a college after visiting Maryland. | Gregory Payan | The Associated Press

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Blue-chip high school senior point guard Devon Dotson could be close to announcing his college choice following last weekend’s visit to Maryland.

“Pretty soon, like in a week or so,” Dotson’s dad, Dana, told Rivals.com, referring to his son’s likely decision date.

Dotson, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds from Providence Day High in Charlotte, N.C., officially has a final four of Kansas, Maryland, Florida and Clemson.

However, Rivals.com’s Corey Evans on Monday reported that Florida is no longer in the running for the No. 17-ranked Dotson following the Monday commitment of No. 26-ranked Andrew Nembhard, a 6-4 senior point guard from Montverde (Fla.) Academy.

The Gators may land another guard on Tuesday. No. 63-ranked Noah Locke, a 6-2 senior from McDonogh High in Owings Springs, Md., is set to announce for either Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Providence or Xavier with many recruiting analysts listing Florida as the favorite. Florida also is a possible landing spot for former Louisville commit Anfernee Simons, a 6-2 senior point guard at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who is ranked No. 16 nationally. Simons told D1vision.com he’s heard from coaches from 24 schools since decommitting from Louisville last week. The list does not include Kansas.

Aaron Wiggins, a Team Charlotte AAU teammate of Dotson, has committed to Maryland and was on campus for Dotson’s official visit over the weekend. Wiggins is a 6-6 senior small forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C., ranked No. 42 in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com.

“They (Terps) obviously have (5-11 point guard) Anthony Cowan, who will be a sophomore this year. He’ll be a junior when Devon comes in,” Dana Dotson told Rivals.com. “He started as a freshman and definitely will start as a sophomore. How do you play two guys, because Anthony is 5-11, 6-feet, he’s even smaller than Devon, so how do you play those two guys and then their 2017 class has a bunch of wings that are pretty good and then they are looking to bring in wings in 2018. So if you are playing two point guards, you play a wing at the 3, or possibly the 3, 4, if you want to go four out, one in. They (Terps coaches) talked about all of that stuff and we had a lot of questions.”

“The one thing we did ask for on the way out is just their projected depth chart,” Dana Dotson added. “We wanted to see, ‘who do you really expect to be there next year, who do you really expect to be there sophomore year?’ They have a couple of guys that are pretty talented and have a shot of going to the NBA. We do it ourselves, but we can’t do it from a coach’s point (of view).”

KU figures to be in need of guards following the graduation of Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, likely loss of combo guard Malik Newman to the NBA and possible loss of Lagerald Vick to the NBA Draft, as well. KU next season will return point guard Charlie Moore, combo guard Marcus Garrett and shooting guard Sam Cunliffe.

Williams on college hoops scandal

North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke to ESPN.com about the FBI investigation of college basketball that led to the arrest of four assistant coaches in the college basketball world plus an Adidas executive last week and suspension (and almost certain firing) of head coach Rick Pitino at Louisville.

“You know it was very much a contrast. Because one, I’ve read some of the information (and) I still don’t even understand what’s going on. I don’t know who’s getting money and who’s getting money from whom, who’s doing what,” said Williams, who coached at KU for 15 years before moving on to UNC, where he’s beginning his 15th season at his alma mater. “I know it looks really bad. I know I don’t enjoy that part. But to paint the entire college basketball world like this I don’t think is fair either because I don’t think that’s what the entire college basketball world is all about. But it was just a shock to me.”

“Like what do you do to America to try to clean it up? You know, it’s what do you do to relationships with people? It’s a complicated world because different people are involved,” Williams continued. “We have tremendous people in college basketball coaching. Do we have some people that have done some things that they probably regret plus (things they’ve done) the rest of us regret too as well? But I think the college basketball coaching world is really a good world, regardless of the way everybody is trying to paint us all with that same brush. And that’s not right.”

Asked if he was surprised to hear the FBI was involved, Williams said: “Oh I was stunned, absolutely stunned when I really heard about it. I thought, ‘My, this is a whole different level we’re talking about here.’ This is a different level that should have some people being scared to death.”

Practice officially starts Tuesday

KU’s basketball team will hold its first official practice of the 2017-18 preseason on Tuesday. Late Night in the Phog officially kicked off the preseason with a scrimmage on Saturday. The team has also been allowed to practice up to two hours a week since the start of class in August in accordance with NCAA rules.

Of KU’s team, coach Bill Self said: “It’s still one of the most experienced teams in the country. You’ve got Svi and Devonté who are seniors; Lagerald an experienced junior. Malik is as experienced as any sophomore can possibly be. Where we are young and inexperienced is up front. We’ve got good guards, got good big guys. I’m not sure they (bigs) are ready to be big-time players but they are talented.”

The big man group consists of sophomore Udoka Azubuike, freshman Billy Preston and sophomore Mitch Lightfoot. Junior Dedric Lawson and sophomore K.J. Lawson can practice but not play in games this season in accordance witih NCAA transfer rules.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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