PG Devon Dotson, Devonte' Graham bonded during recent visit
It may have been a busy weekend in Lawrence, with five-star prospects Devon Dotson and Silvio De Sousa officially visiting the Kansas basketball program, but the excitement on the recruiting trail did not end when the two talented prospects left town.
Before getting on to some other news that already has surfaced around the country this week, let’s take a quick look back at Dotson’s visit.
Dotson, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Charlotte, N.C., told Matt Scott of TheShiver.com that he spent quite a bit of time with Devonte’ Graham during his visit in an attempt to find out as much as he possibly could about the ins and outs of the KU program.
“I asked him a bunch of questions about the school,” Dotson told Scott. “He said he loved it there and that it’s a great place. He’s from North Carolina too and he said the transition to Kansas was smooth and easy.... He said they play fast and that it’s great for guards there.”
None of that, of course, is much of a surprise, but, from a KU perspective, Graham is exactly the kind of guy the Jayhawks want answering those questions and talking to recruits about the Kansas experience. The fact that these two play the same position and grew up in the same state likely only added to the connection and the positivity that Dotson took away from his visit.
That’s not to say it’s all KU all the time now for the talented guard. Dotson plans to visit Florida this coming weekend and told Scott that he might take a couple of more visits, too.
As for a time table on his decision, Dotson said he would like to announce his choice before his senior season begins in November.
McCormack down to 6
On Monday, Class of 2018 big man David McCormack, who recently made his own visit to the KU campus, narrowed his list to a final six.
Kansas made the cut along with Duke, NC State, Oklahoma State, Xavier and UCLA.
McCormack, 6-9, 290 pounds, plays at Oak Hill Academy, and was a teammate of current KU freshman Billy Preston last year.
Ranked No. 41 in the class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, McCormack told Scott after his trip to Lawrence that his visit went “great” and added that he had yet to set up any official visits.
Langford picks Final 7
Class of 2018 shooting guard Romeo Langford announced on Twitter this week that he has narrowed his list down to a group of seven schools, with Kansas being one of them.
The 6-4, 185-pound guard from New Albany, Indiana, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 5 player in the 2018 class. He also has Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and UCLA on his list of finalists.
Jerrance Howard is listed by Scout.com as KU’s lead recruiter for Langford.
Another Late Night visitor
According to the Twitter accout for Basketball Unlimited (@txbunation), Class of 2020 point guard RJ Hampton, of Little Elm, Texas, is planning to make an unofficial visit to Kansas for the 33rd annual Late Night in the Phog, Sept. 30.
247 Sports lists Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Cal, LSU and UCLA as the programs to have offered Hampton, 6-4, 170, and currently has the Longhorns pegged as the team to beat.