OKC Thunder: Highlights from Kansas guard Devon Dotson media session

Point guard Devon Dotson spoke to the media as OKC Thunder fans got a chance to see the Kansas guard up close.

With the 25th pick in NBA Draft, the OKC Thunder will be looking to add a valuable asset. Guard Devon Dotson will fall in this range as he’s slated to be selected late in the first round.

He could also drop and find himself in a similar situation to Luguentz Dort or Fred VanVleet who both signed deals after the draft. VanVleet impressed in Vegas to be signed outright while Dort was inked to a two-way deal eventually impressing the OKC Thunder varsity to sign him to a full deal.

The Kansas guard was among the first group of prospects who participated in the zoom video media sessions. The NBA official site has his full interview available for your perusal.

His ranking is a little surprising given his two years at Kansas where he averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals in 30 games this past season.

Devon Dotson media session highlights

The young point guard answered questions and provided insight into his process as he prepares to for the Draft hoping to prove many prognosticators wrong about his placement.

Dotson says he is a  fast-paced guard who is capable of changing the whole game pace. Calls himself a dynamic quick guard who can get in the lane at will make plays for others and himself. Additionally, Dotson says he’ll be able to hang his hat on defense right away based on his quickness and strength.

Has been working hard on shooting from all areas of the floor with a view to adding consistency. He’s getting up 100s of reps a day on a variety of types of shots as well as figuring out how to create separation.

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OKC Thunder are on tap to interview Dotson

The OKC Thunder is on the schedule for him to interview with as are the Raptors and several other teams. The guard noted a lot of teams are on tap but get delayed based on the Draft being moved back

As for his time spent with Bill Self and Kansas he noted the team didn’t take days off of practice which he feels will help with his transition to the pros because he knows what the grind is like and what it took to become the number one team in the nation. Dotson expects that mindset will help him in the pros.

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Would love to play at home in Charlotte

One team he might be trying to hint at joining is his hometown Charlotte Hornets. He also cited his great relationship with Devonte Graham and how he’s a great example of someone who was doubted coming out of college.  Specifically, he says “I’d love to play for my hometown of Charlotte — it would be unbelievable feeling playing for the city that you live in.

During the pre-draft process, however, Dotson is spending his time in Las Vegas working out at Impact. Beyond his on-court workouts, he’s focused on his eating habits noting they have a chef at Impact and his main change has been making sure to eat breakfast and is endeavoring to gain weight (strength).

The Kansas alum spoke to it taking five to six games for him to adust to college and suspects he’ll be able to adjust similarly to the pros (he might be in for a bit of a surprise).

The overriding takeaway from Dotson is he is an energy player who consistently brings effort and whatever team selects him won’t have to coach either of those aspects of his game.

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