Ayo Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu

BACKGROUND

  • An interesting prospect started to click last year during the second half of the College Basketball season, and he's cemented himself on draft radars for this upcoming season. Ayo Dosunmu of the Illinois Fighting Illini started to get the attention of NBA personnel throughout last year, especially with his impressive play down the stretch of the season. Illinois was described last year as a young raw team but showed plenty of improvement and fight despite their 12-21 record. But this year looks to be a promising year for Illinois. The reason why? The return of Dosunmu who announced he would come back to Illinois for his sophomore campaign. It was music to the ears of NBA scouts, as Dosunmu has the potential to take a massive leap forward in his progression with an offseason of training and some additional experience. Dosunmu was ranked as the 36th overall prospect out of Highschool in the ESPN100 and there's a lot to like about his combination of skillset and intangibles, so let's take a look. 

PHYSICAL PROFILE

POSITION G
AGE 19 (1/17/00)
HEIGHT 6'5"
WEIGHT 185
WINGSPAN 6'8.5"
  • Right off of the bat, you'll notice that Dosunmu checks off all of the boxes in terms of intangibles for a young point guard. It's reported that his wingspan is around 6'8.5" right now, which would be a great measurement for Dosunmu as he's listed at 6'5". Dosunmu's length jumps off the screen, especially with his ability to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  18-19
MIN 31.1
PTS 13.8
REB 4.0
AST 3.3
STL 1.3
BLK 0.3
FGM-FGA 5.1-11.7
FG% 43.5%
3P% 35.2%
FT% 69.5%
TS% 52.6
PER 16.9
  • It's important to remind you that Dosunmu is still developing his offensive game in a variety of ways. His outside shot is coming along, and the 35.2% from deep is more promising than you might think. Besides having intriguing potential as a defensive player, Dosunmu shows a very underrated feel for the game especially when he's in transition. He's silky smooth and shoes great composure and footwork. But enough talk...let's look at some film. 

THE FILM

VS #2 MICHIGAN 1.10.19
MIN 33
PTS 23
REB 7
AST 2
STL 2
BLK 2
FG 10/16 (62.5%)
3P 2/4 (50%)
FT 1/2 (50%)
TO 3

TRANSITION THREAT

  • Right off of the bat, we get a look at Dosunmu's bread and butter...his ability in the open court. Dosunmu isn't a flashy guard at all, but his feel for the game is vastly underrated. Great job of reading the defense here on the break and realizing he had the defender back peddling. Dosunmu has some sneaky speed to his game and can change gears in a hurry. 

FINISHING AROUND THE RIM

  • This is what makes Dosunmu such an intriguing prospect, especially with his reported 6'8.5" wingspan while standing 6'5." Good job here of taking the handoff and going right after the Michigan big before finishing on the other side of the rim. 

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL

  • Dosunmu is going to have plenty of fans in NBA circles because of his potential to be a factor on the defensive side of the ball. He has quick feet and great anticipation skills. Here we get a look at Dosunmu hustling back and becoming a chase down artist. This was Dosumu's second chase down block against the same player in this game. 
VS #13 MARYLAND (AT MSG) 1.26.19
MIN 33
PTS 20
REB 0
AST 6
STL 2
BLK 1
FG 6/11(54.5%)
3P 1/3 (33%)
FT 7/7 (100%)
TO 2

OFF THE BOUNCE

  • Again, another good look at Dosunmu's ability to put the ball on the floor and attack off of the bounce. Dosunmu does a great job of attacking with a purpose and also isn't afraid to take on contact during the process. Although Ayo only finished with a season average of 69.5% from the Free Throw line, we get a look at his form here. I expect that number to climb this year. 

TRANSITION THREAT PART II

  • Transition monster and this play is one to stick on the highlight reel. Great job of reading the defender out of position on the fly and a beautiful gather dribble to get to the basket. Look at the amount of ground Dosunmu covers with the gather.

COMPOSURE & POISE

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  • I love this play from a young "raw" ball handler. Ayo does a great job of gathering himself and reading what the defender is going to do. Once he sees an opportunity to strike...boom he's blowing by the defender who just happened to be Atlanta Hawks second-round pick Bruno Fernando. (Sorry Hawks fans). Great job of changing gears here by Ayo. 
VS  #9 MICHIGAN STATE 2.05.19
MIN 33
PTS 24
REB 2
AST 2
STL 3
BLK 0
FG 8/14 (57.1%)
3P 4/8 (50%)
FT 4/4 (100%)
TO 5

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • This is going to be one of the most important developments for Ayo Dosunmu heading into his Sophomore year at Illinois and it's what NBA scouts will be focused on the most when evaluating his progress. Dosunmu has some inconsistency to his fundamentals when he's shooting and you'll see that from a number of different clips during this game. He tends to float a bit on some shots, something that he surely can fine-tune during his offseason. Still, the form is promising and he shows confidence to pull the trigger. 

DEFENSIVE ANTICIPATION

  • Multiple times when watching Dosunmu on film you'll notice he does a great job of reading passing lanes. His length makes him such a fascinating prospect moving forward. Great read here by Ayo and he's off to the races. Notice how Dosunmu is basically covering two Michigan State players by staying active away from the ball. 

OUTSIDE SHOOTING PART II

  • Again another look at Dosunmu as a spot-up shooter. He doesn't drift as much here and I still like that he shoots it with confidence. If Dosunmu can fine-tune his mechanics, he's got potential to rise up Draft Boards in a hurry. 

THE TAKEOVER

  • I LOVE WHEN YOUNG PLAYERS TAKEOVER. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT KID. Like we stated previously at the beginning of this article, Illinois was an extremely raw young team this year and while the record might not show it, the Fighting Illini were grinders. At home in a tie game winding down against the then number 9 team in the country, Dosunmu decides to take matters into his own hands. Great job of Ayo to stop on a dime when he realizes the Michigan State defender is going under. 

THE TAKEOVER PART II

  • If one "takeover" clip wasn't enough...Ayo blesses us with another moment. Some of us like to call this the "dagger." Love the confidence by the young kid and Illinois would go on to take home a big win against Michigan State in this one. 

OVERALL

There's PLENTY to like about the Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu as he returns to Illinois this year and is poised for a big year. Dosunmu might not get a lot of preseason hype in Draft Circles, but if he can demonstrate an improved and more consistent jumper from outside, he can start to creep up draft boards rapidly. He's going to be one of our favorite prospects to watch in this class because it's truly going to come down to how much work he put in this offseason to prepare him for the jump to the NBA. 

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