Devon Dotson signs with KU. Bill Self says he’ll remind fans of this recent guard

Providence Day's Devon Dotson, center, drives to the basket past Wesleyan Christian Academy's Shawn Walker Jr., right, during first half action on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. | Jeff Siner |

By Jesse Newell

Five-star recruit Devon Dotson officially signed with Kansas basketball on Saturday afternoon, a transaction that allowed KU coach Bill Self to talk about his excitement for the 6-foot-2 point guard.

“We recruited three or four lead guards in the country this past year knowing all the perimeter players that we’ll be losing. We felt like Devon had the highest ceiling of the guys that we were recruiting,” Self said. “He’s an explosive athlete. He’s very unselfish.”

Dotson, who is ranked 17th in the 2018 class by Rivals, first announced his decision to attend KU on Oct. 13. He previously was interested in Arizona, Ohio State, UCLA, Southern California, Wake Forest and Miami.

“He can make plays for others but he also has plenty of explosiveness that he can make plays for himself,” Self said. “And even though they are different-type players, in some ways he will remind people of Frank (Mason) because of his ability to get into the lane and make plays for himself and make plays for others.”

Dotson averaged 24.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists last season at Providence Day School. KU assistant coach Norm Roberts was his primary recruiter.

Self lauded Dotson’s size while also reiterating that he projected as “one of the most explosive guards we’ve had since I have been here at Kansas.”

Later Saturday, KU announced the signing of forward David McCormack, a 6-foot-10 forward from Norfolk, Va. He’s ranked 35th by Rivals.

“David is guy who caught our eye early on,” Self said. “There are many things that impressed us about him and the more we watched, the more we liked. As he got older, we fell in love with his effort, his attitude and his discipline.”

McCormack, who was primarily recruited by Jerrance Howard, was teammates with KU forward Billy Preston last year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Self reported Saturday that McCormack recently lost 50 pounds after deciding to improve his diet and exercise.

“He’s got good skills, and we think the sky is the limit on what he can become as well,” Self said. “When you look at big bodies that we’ve had, David has a body like Thomas (Robinson) but he reminds me of a Darnell Jackson early in his career in that he can definitely shoot, he can pass, but he’ll do most of his work near the basket.”

KU is expected to get one more signing in the upcoming days, as big man Silvio De Sousa — he is trying to enroll with the Jayhawks for the second semester — inked his letter of intent Wednesday but has not yet returned it to KU.

Meanwhile Romeo Langford, the No. 6 player in the class of 2018 according to, narrowed his list of schools to three. They are KU, Indiana and Vanderbilt. He cut North Carolina and UCLA from his list.

“Just their guards and the way coach Self uses their guards,” Langford, a 6-5 guard from New Albany, Indiana, said of KU on “I feel like I also fit well in their system and the way he gets his guards ready for the NBA.”

The Star’s Gary Bedore contributed to this report

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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