Five-star recruit Devon Dotson chooses Kansas over Maryland

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, left, jumps in celebration in the second half during his team's 85-78 win over Minnesota in January.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, left, jumps in celebration in the second half during his team's 85-78 win over Minnesota in January. (Jim Mone / AP)

Less than a month before the start of the 2017-18 season, the Maryland men's basketball team was hoping for its first major upset Friday — one that would have reaped benefits beginning next year.

Instead, the Terps will still be looking for another point guard to fill a spot in their 2018 recruiting class.


Long rumored to be leaning toward Kansas, five-star point guard recruit Devon Dotson announced that he will be heading to Lawrence to join the Jayhawks.

Speaking at his high school in Charlotte, N.C., .Dotson pulled out a blue Kansas hat and revealed a T-shirt with a large Jayhawk emblem on the front.

"I'm excited to announce I will be headed to Kansas University.," Dotson said.

The announcement came after a flurry of reports the past couple of days that Dotson could wind up in College Park after a home visit earlier this week by Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and new assistant Kevin Broadus, the lead recruiter for the 6-2, 175-pound guard.

There was also speculation that news of the Kansas University school newspaper's request to the FBI for files regarding its investigation into the ongoing college basketball scandal was a sign that the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self would be among the next targets.

In the end, the Terps lost out to the Jayhawks on a five-star recruit for the second time in a matter of months, following the commitment from forward Silvio DeSousa, who was long rumored to be leaning toward joining fellow Angolan Bruno Fernando at Maryland.

Turgeon and his staff will have to turn their search for a point guard elsewhere, and it likely won't last very long. Eric Ayala, a 6-5, 180-pound guard from Wilmington, Del. announced on Wednesday that he would make his commitment known Saturday.

Ayala is reportedly down to Maryland and Oregon, and is thought to favoring the Terps. A four-star prospect ranked 91st overall in the country by ESPN, Ayala's size and game have drawn comparisons to former Terp star Greivis Vasquez.

Maryland was hoping that Dotson would want to continue playing with 6-6 wing Aaron Wiggins, his AAU teammate and one of two who've committed to the Terps for 2018, They were together with the other commit, five-star forward Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph) as well as five-star wing Keldon Johnson and Ayala on a visit last month.

Despite the loss of Dotson to the Jayhawks, the Terps appear to be in good shape to have one of their best recruiting classes in history. Along with Wiggins, Smith and presumably Ayala, Maryland appears to be in good shape to sign both Johnson, the No. 3 wing and 7 overall player in the country, and 7-1 center Moses Brown, the No. 2 big man and No. 17 player overall.

Johnson was reportedly on the verge of committing following his visit, but has pushed back the decision until the early signing period begins next month. Brown, who came to Maryland a week before Dotson, Johnson and Ayala, is also reported to favor the Terps, but is expected to take an official visit to UCLA later in the month.

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