Doke hasn't blocked that many shots because he has usually been playing in foul trouble with very little depth behind him. This year is a little different, our bigs being deep means they can all play at 110% every second they are in the game, no need to save energy or fouls for later minutes. I'm excited! If the injury bug stays away this year, the sky is the limit for this group.
If Doke has dedicated the effort and time into improving his free throw shooting, his scoring average goes up 3-5 pts per game from that alone and more importantly allows him to be playing in the final minutes of close games.
Posted 14 August 2019, 9:44 a.m.
While the points will probably go up without Dedric, he will have so many options to make plays this year, the stable of bigs we didnt have last year will keep defenders honest, so all he has to do is beat his man, draw secondary help, then dish for a slam, score himself with either a layup or from the foul line. Last year with no Doke, no Silvio and then no Vick, everybody knew it was going to Dedric and bless his heart, he gave it his all, and it worked pretty well till crunch time. This year, Dotson should get at least 3 lobs a game, upping the assist numbers, and then resulting in wide open looks from outside instead of taking last second shots. I'm excited for this young man and it all starts with the level head on his shoulders! Kudos to his parents.
Posted 25 July 2019, 12:55 p.m.
Heck of an idea, given that he's much better off with Hudy working her magic and scrimmaging in our system against better athletes, than going to prep school. Especially when you've got Dotson to lead the team and learn from this year. Welcome Aboard, I love a kid who commits without hesitation, especially when he's from Columbia, MO
Posted 17 July 2019, 11:51 a.m.
PS Also nice way to flip Mizzou the bird too, a Jayhawk of course, given the kid's from Columbia
Posted 17 July 2019, 11:47 a.m.
Great Recruiting Job Coach Self! I really like this team(s).. Scrimmages are going to be against great opponents/teammates. This gives us Devon's replacement for 2020-21 while competing with McBride for minutes now. More locally grown kids here for at least a couple of years and fewer one and dones and transfers here for 7-9 months just rebuilt the program for the next run. We could even see Roy Like Substitutions if a message needs sending after a slow start. Should be an interesting road to the Final Four or at least darn close to it.
Posted 17 July 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Hats off to Devon, but part of the reason he played so much in 2018-19 was that Grimes was a bust instead of sharing minutes with the ball as originally intended. With Devon back, Grimes gone, our stable of bigs that he didnt have last year, and plenty of good guards, the sky is the limit for the Hawks this year.
Posted 9 July 2019, 11:35 a.m.
He believed his press and recruiting rank instead of believing what Coach told him, to be an assassin without the ball in his hands all the time and his D was weak, especially early in the season. Remember, he gave Q a full shot at the point during the summer league USA team so it wasnt like Dotson was given the point without competing for it. The Combine came up with the same conclusion, Devon was the better PG due to his speed, much better handle on the ball, and he listened to what Coach wanted him to do.
With Q's size, he needs to improve his shooting and be more drive first when the pass comes his way. He wasnt an attacker, not aggressive enough, which is common for Freshman (McLemore, Oubre, Selby and Brandon all lacked it as Freshmen too) but also tells you that he needs to play another year either in college or G League to develop. He will be more comfortable at Houston, not as much pressure, more opportunity to shoot, playing against a notch lower competition, where his physical attributes will cover his shortcomings on D.
I wish him the best but dont really wish he was still on our team as I think Ochai or Jalen will be more productive . He wasnt run off given that Coach still has an open scholarship. Maybe he has girlfriend or family health issues that make him want to stay closer to home? Something was distracting him last year.
Posted 29 June 2019, 11:02 a.m.
What a great kid, his attitude is off the charts and his self analysis is spot on too. Kudos to his parents! He faded late last year due to fatigue, very common for Freshmen acclimating to a longer season against much better competition. If his season would have ended before tournament play, his numbers would have been much better, getting stronger and developing the stamina of a man instead of a kid will pay huge dividends for Ochai. Being a local kid with an understanding of what it means to play for Kansas and his team first attitude makes him a natural leader!
He is just the opposite of Quentin last year who could never accept the fact that Dotson was the better point guard, mentally and physically, and further illustrated by their attitudes going into and after the NBA combine. Quentin believed his press and couldnt accept the fact that the recruiting experts rankings had him way overrated coming out of high school, that he needed to get better and adapt to the team, not just that Coach wasnt using him the way he wanted. I hope he succeeds on a much less talented team in Houston, where he can ball hog and take as many shots as he wants, but I think we are a better team without him. He has no excuses given that Coach still has a scholarship open, he could have come back with a more realistic attitude instead of leaving disgruntled
Posted 28 June 2019, 9:18 a.m.
Welcome Back Devon!! We love you and are a model of how to explore your options at the combine under the new rules. Demonstrated that you want feedback, are coachable, and dedicated to reaching your ceiling, not just getting by on the high school hype. Thats a lot of maturity for a young man.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:45 a.m.
He was so overconfident about being a OAD, he may have not taken care of the academics either. I think we all agree, getting Dotson back was more important, and going back to playing two bigs, the minutes arent there to guarantee him the starts and PT this year.
Posted 30 May 2019, 4:31 a.m.