CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was hard to miss Devon Dotson at Under Armour All-America camp this week.
Sure, his on-the-court ability, speed and quickness made him a standout in games filled with Division I prospects. It was, however, a larger-than-life banner – stretching from the top to the bottom of the Levine Center at Queens University – that made the 6-1 point guard visible to every college coach in attendance.
“I was surprised by it,” Dotson said. “I was at a loss for words. It was a great feeling just knowing they had me up there.”
And a larger-than-life banner, while seemingly inconsequential, is a big deal for Dotson.
In the last year, he’s lead Team Charlotte to an Under Armour Association championship, Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day to a state championship and performed well at national events like the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Still, he wasn’t invited to the prestigious Steph Curry All-American camp last month, which hosts the top 30 guards on the Under Armour circuit, and wasn’t prominently ranked by scouting services. So he enters July with two goals in mind – winning and proving himself.
“It was their decision and I heard that politics got involved with it (Steph Curry camp), but I’m not worried about that,” said Dotson. “I’m just going out here in July and play my game, playing with a chip on my shoulder.”
In the UA All-American camp’s first game, Dotson was much more aggressive as a scorer. He regularly got into the lane and even threw down a dunk, showcasing his athleticism.
“There’s a big difference (between now and the start of the summer,” he explained. “I’ve gotten a lot stronger and I’ve been working on my outside shot and being more of a leader on the court. This is the first session for a long stretch of basketball in July.”
Dotson has 13 offers with USC and Providence offering most recently.
Carolina offered in February and has stayed in regular contact with Dotson, who has taken a couple of unofficial trips to Chapel Hill. He’s also logged visits to Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
After the end of the AAU season in August, he hopes to take a trip to N.C. State and make another visit to UNC. Dotson plans to take his recruitment slow and his family will help him eventually make a decision.
“I’m wide open in my recruitment,” he said. “I’m not favoring any school. I’m just taking it all in. They’re all great programs that I’ve visited, all great campuses and I love the schools.”