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Dotson to Return, Grimes to Transfer

Guard Devon Dotson has pulled his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Kansas for his sophomore season, KU head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

“Devon called me about 7 p.m. this evening to confirm he was withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will be returning to KU,” Self said. “The process did what it was supposed to do, which allows players to participate, be seen and receive feedback. After visiting with his family multiple times, Devon came to the conclusion that it was in his best interest to return to school. We feel like we have a very high draft pick in next year’s draft returning as our point guard.”

Dotson started at point guard for KU in 2018-19 earning All-Big 12 Third Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors where he averaged 12.3 points, 13th in the Big 12, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, sixth in the Big 12, and 1.4 steals, 10th in the Big 12, per game. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound, Charlotte, North Carolina, native was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team where he averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the three games. Named the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week Feb. 11, Dotson led KU in assists 19 times and steals 14 times.

Following the season, Dotson declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, worked out for NBA teams and participated in the NBA Combine.

Guard Quentin Grimes has pulled his named from the 2019 NBA Draft and will enter the transfer portal, KU head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

“We’ve all enjoyed coaching Quentin this past year and certainly appreciate his efforts,” Self said. “We initially anticipated him staying in the draft but he and his family decided to return to college but not return to the University of Kansas. We totally support and respect Quentin and his decision and wish him the very best moving forward. We believe Quentin will have a long professional basketball career and look forward to watching his development.”

As a freshman, Grimes started every game in 2018-19 and averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound, guard from The Woodlands, Texas, had a solid Big 12 Championship where he averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals with six 3-pointers made in KU’s route to the title game. Grimes finished second on the team with 54 3-pointers made and had 13 games with 10 or more points. He scored a season-high 21 points in KU’s season-opening win against Michigan State in the Champions Classic. He was later named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his efforts against the Spartans.

Following the season, Grimes declared for the 2019 NBA and participated in the NBA Combine in addition to working out for multiple NBA teams.

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