KU's Dotson to test NBA Draft process

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11) goes to the basket as Northeastern guard Myles Franklin (13) looks on in the second half during a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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(WIBW) - Two days after fellow freshman guard Quentin Grimes declared for the NBA draft, KU star Devon Dotson announced he's looking into the pros as well.

Dotson tweeted out on Friday that he has "decided to test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA Draft process." He plans on hiring an agent, which does not mean he can't return to Kansas.

"I feel it's a great opportunity to obtain feedback from NBA personnel to make fully informed decisions regarding my basketball future," Dotson wrote. "Based on new rules, I will hire an agent and move forward while retaining my complete college eligibility."

Those rules now in effect set up a couple deadlines for undergraduates declaring for the draft. First, Dotson must request and receive an NBA undergraduate advisory committee evaluation. Then, he can work with an agent and has until May 29 to remove his name from the draft pool.

If he doesn't by then, the guard can still return to school another way. Dotson will need to participate in the NBA Combine. If he then goes undrafted on June 20, the deadline for undrafted players to decide whether to return to school or not is June 24. The guard will have to sever all ties with his agent to go back to school.

After speaking with Dotson and his family, Jayhawk head coach Bill Self makes it sound very hopeful that KU will have Dotson back next season.

"They felt, and I do not disagree, they could gather more information on exactly where he stands in the eyes of the NBA if he were to declare and get as much feedback as he possible can," Self said in a statement. "They made it very clear to me that in no way, shape or form is he saying goodbye or is he going to compromise his collegiate eligibility in order to get that information.

"He will follow the guidelines the NCAA and NBA have put forth to allow him to sign with an agent to get feedback and make the decision. We support their decision. Although we wish him the very best in his preparation for this, we also believe there is a great chance that he'll have a tremendous sophomore season at Kansas."

As a freshman, Dotson showed off lightning-quick speed as a point guard. The former McDonald's All-American averaged about 12 points per game while leading the team with 127 assists. He earned All-Big 12 third-team honors and also made the league's All-Freshman Team.

This is just the latest news in what could be a series of changes for Kansas hoops. Grimes and Dedric Lawson have already declared for the NBA Draft, while the program is losing K.J. Lawson and Charlie Moore to transfer.