LAWRENCE — Devon Dotson is returning to Kansas basketball for a sophomore season.
Quentin Grimes is coming back to the college ranks, too — just not with the Jayhawks.
Dotson and Grimes both announced their decisions to withdraw from the NBA Draft on Wednesday night, just hours before the 10:59 p.m. CST deadline. While Dotson made it clear he would be coming back to KU, the news of Grimes’ move from 247Sports' Evan Daniels simply said he had decided to withdraw from the pool of draft-eligible players. KU then announced Grimes had entered the transfer portal and had informed them of his decision to depart the program.
If Grimes goes to another Division I program, he must sit out the 2019-20 campaign.
“We’ve all enjoyed coaching Quentin this past year and certainly appreciate his efforts,” KU coach Bill Self said in a news release. “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.”
Widely seen as fringe selections in this year’s NBA Draft, both Grimes and Dotson nevertheless seemed to improve their stocks with strong showings at the NBA Draft Combine earlier this month.
Dotson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder out of Charlotte, N.C., averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists across his inaugural season with the Jayhawks. A former five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 21-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 according to 247Sports’ composite, Dotson announced his decision via Twitter, providing an edited graphic that included that phrase “Year 2.”
“Got a whole lot more in store,” wrote Dotson, adding the hashtag “#UnfinishedBusiness” onto the end of his tweet.
Self said Dotson informed him of his decision at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday.
"The process did what it was supposed to do, which allows players to participate, be seen and receive feedback," Self said. "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."
Grimes, also a former five-star recruit in the Class of 2018, was pegged as the nation's No. 10-ranked incoming player by 247Sports' composite but struggled to live up to those lofty expectations.
After a strong MVP showing under Self at last summer's FIBA U18 Americas Championship that prompted Self to return to Lawrence and label Grimes "probably as complete a guard as we've ever had," the 6-5, 210-pounder out of The Woodlands, Texas, authored an inconsistent Year 1 — he averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks with a 38.4 percent shooting percentage, a 34-percent mark from 3-point range and a 60.3-percent clip on free throws.
“We believe Quentin will have a long professional basketball career,” Self said, “and look forward to watching his development.”
Dotson’s return is a much-needed boost for the Jayhawks, who were looking at the very real prospect of starting 6-5 rising junior Marcus Garrett or incoming three-star freshman Issac McBride at point guard. Instead, Dotson joins returning senior center Udoka Azubuike, newly eligible junior forward Silvio De Sousa and first-year players McBride and forwards Tristan Enaruna and Christian Braun to make up a formidable KU rotation.
The Jayhawks, who lost guards Lagerald Vick, Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson and forward Dedric Lawson this offseason, have three remaining open scholarships to give.