GREENSBORO, N.C. — While North Carolina is focused on the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Devon Dotson has postseason objectives of his own to pursue.
The sophomore point guard at Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day enjoyed a stellar season for a powerful club that captured the N.C. independent schools championship last month.
Dotson and his teammates also earned an invitation to the Dick’s High School Nationals starting at the end of this month and concluding during Final Four weekend.
He’s also staying sharp by playing at events such as the Phenom Hoop Report’s Top 80 this past weekend. A lingering ankle injury limited his play, but Dotson did play in a couple games and reinforced his reputation as a quick, aggressive driver who excels attacking in the open floor.
He’ll enter his rising junior spring bubbling with confidence following his successful sophomore campaign.
”I think I played well, our team played very well together and we were able to win the state championship,” Dotson said.“
Following the Dick’s event, his next step will be to take the court with Team Charlotte on the Under Armour 17-under circuit.
”I’m really excited for UA,” Dotson said. “It’s a new team, and me and Ty-Shon (Alexander) will be in the same backcourt.”
He’s an established target for other major programs as well. Tar Heel coach Roy Williams offered during the winter, and Dotson said that both N.C. State and Florida also offered within the past two weeks.
UNC has prioritized Dotson as a key component of its underclass recruiting plan, and the contact between the two parties has been consistent.
”I’ve been talking to C.B. McGrath, just keeping in touch,” Dotson said. “They say they love my game and they’d love to have me, but they aren’t pressuring me or anything.”
The extra intrigue surrounding Dotson pertains to UNC’s simultaneous recruitment of other Charlotte-area products. In addition to committed sophomore guard Rechon Black, the Tar Heels have offered sophomore wing Jairus Hamilton and freshman guard Wendell Moore as well.
”They say they could play two point guards with me and Leaky, and it’s just something they are talking about,” Dotson said.
He added that he watched the Heels’ ACC title performance on Saturday, observing the Tar Heels’ current two-point guard setup.
”Marcus Paige has been there for awhile so he has great IQ, Joel Berry is strong, athletic and he runs the team well.”
Dotson likely will draw multiple appearances from the UNC coaching staff during April’s live evaluation period.