It has been a wild ride to the NBA for the Knicks' newest G Damyean Dotson after sexual assault allegations in college almost ruined his dream.
Dotson initially attended Oregon to start his collegiate career. However, it would end after two years when an 18-year-old claimed Dotson, along with teammates Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin, sexually assaulted her at a party in March 2014. No charges were filed due to insufficient evidence, but the three were expelled from Oregon for violating the student conduct code.
Dotson would spend the next year at Houston Community College, and took anger management classes at the John Lucas Center and Wellness Program.
"His story is that of a comeback," John Lucas told The Post's Zach Braziller. "There are obviously people that got hurt. He has a second chance to get a first chance right."
Other than classes, Dotson participated in community service and worked with kids. Lucas admits he was extremely willing to talk about the incident and change his old ways.
"He came willing," Lucas said. "He was willing to get back up and go on with his life."
People that know Dotson know this incident wasn't like his personality at all. Many set the bar high for Dotson's character which made two teams other than the Knicks put the 6-foot-7 guard on their draft board.
"We found it was an isolated incident," a scout from one team said.
Oregon head coach, Dana Altman, said Dotson was one of the "top 10 kids I've coached" according to his agent, Chris Patrick. Altman would write a letter to the University of Houston on Dotson's behalf when they wanted to recruit him after getting banned from Oregon.
"He's genuinely a good person," Patrick said. "He's got a charisma about him. He's got a good group in his corner. Even on draft night, I got a call from him. He's like, 'Man, I'm not supposed to be here.' Most kids aren't like that."
Dotson's work ethic changed when he joined Houston. Winning was his main priority, and when he didn't, he would take it upon himself to apologize to head coach Kevin Sampson even if he had a great game.
"Dot always took losses as hard as coaches did," Sampson said. "There's a lot of high school kids, college kids, who date basketball. Dot was married to it. He didn't cheat on basketball."
Dotson realizes how different his situation could have been, and has made the best of his second chance with Houston. Houston teammate Rob Gray respects him for owning up to the incident and moving passed it.
"He never made excuses," Gray said. "He took his loss, learned from it, and obviously it helped him get to where he's at today."
"Some people wouldn't be able to shake back from that, and have enough determination to overcome it."
After being drafted 44th overall by the Knicks in this year's draft, Dotson showcased his skills at the NBA Summer League, averaging 12.8 points, five rebounds and shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc. Those numbers are what prompted the Knicks to sign him to a three-year deal that could pay out $4 million.