If the Milwaukee Bucks are looking for a point guard prospect to develop for their long-term future in this 2020 NBA Draft, Kansas sophomore Devon Dotson may fit that bill.
This 2020 NBA Draft class is littered with plenty of enticing guards and lead ball handlers, but Devon Dotson manages to stand out in his own way.
Before the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to sports and normal life as we knew it, Dotson was the leading scorer and driving force for the nation’s top-ranked team, the Kansas Jayhawks, by the unforeseen end of the season.
Dotson, who had tested draft waters last season before ultimately returning to Kansas for his sophomore season, had improved so much to that point that Kansas head coach Bill Self opined Dotson could have been the best guard to come through the university to The Athletic’s C.J. Moore last month:
“Devon, to me, could have been the best point guard to play here that I’ve had, but it’s hard to judge that when you win one NCAA Tournament game as a freshman and then you don’t get the chance to play it as a sophomore,” Self said. “If that’s the end of your career, it’s obviously incomplete.”
For Dotson, though, putting all his chips into the middle of the table as he and the whole Jayhawks team did this year, and seeing it end very prematurely was a tough pill to swallow as he told Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer back in mid-March:
“Kansas hadn’t won the national title since 2008,” Dotson said. “But we had all the pieces on this team, and the right chemistry, too. We were going to do something really special, I thought. And now we’ll never know.”
Now, without a championship title as the embodiment for all of the hard work he has put in to this point in his basketball journey, Dotson is set to enter the NBA. In his 30 appearances with the Jayhawks this season, Dotson averaged 18.1 points on .468/.309/.830 shooting splits, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals across 34.9 minutes per contest.
So without further ado, let’s break down the game of Kansas sophomore guard Devon Dotson by examining his strengths and weaknesses, see where draft experts currently rate him and examine his potential fit with the Milwaukee Bucks.