Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks received great news on Wednesday as Devon Dotson announced he would be returning for his sophomore season. The stud point guard took to Twitter to announce his decision and gave KU fans the news they were desperately hoping for all day.
Last season, Dotson averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 assists per game while averaging 48.2% from the field and 36.3% from three-point range. His play earned him a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman team and 3rd Team All-Big 12.
Based on KU’s recent history with developing point guards look for those numbers to only go up as the Jayhawks enter the 2019-20 season.
Jayhawk fans have gone through a tumultuous offseason. Between players transferring, players declaring for the NBA, losing out on multiple recruits, waiting to hear an answer on De Sousa’s appeal and more, KU fans have been on edge much of the spring wondering what their team is going to look like next year. Now we have that answer.
Looking at 2019-2020
With Dotson returning, Kansas has a team that could and should compete for a national championship. Here’s a look at the roster as it stands today for the Jayhawks (not including walk-ons):
- Devon Dotson (sophomore)
- Issac McBride (freshman)
- Marcus Garrett (junior)
- Christian Braun (freshman)
- Ochai Agbaji (sophomore)
- Tristan Enaruna (freshman)
- Mitch Lightfoot (senior)
- Silvio De Sousa (junior)
- David McCormack (sophomore)
- Udoka Azubuike (senior)
That’s a lot of experience coming back for the Jayhawks, particularly in the front court. Now with Dotson coming back – who as the season went on looked poised, mature and well beyond his years as a freshman – KU has a roster that’s both experienced and talented.
The roster could also be bolstered by a late addition like unsigned recruit Jalen Wilson, who begins his visit to KU tomorrow. He’s known as a terrific perimeter-shooting prospect and would fill a big need for the Jayhawks heading into next season.
They’re still contenders without adding anyone else at this point, but if they get a three-point shooting threat like Wilson it could put them over the top.
The Leading Jayhawk
Most importantly with this Dotson news though is the Jayhawks now have their leader. You could see at times last season Dotson embracing that role but with Lagerald Vick gone, Dedric Lawson gone, and with Azubuike not being a vocal person, the team will look to him to lead. And every good team needs a good leader at point guard if they hope to make it deep in the NCAA tournament.
Devon Dotson can play, he can lead, and he can carry this Kansas team to their first national title since 2008.
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