Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu will declare himself for the 2021 NBA draft and will waive his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent, he announced on ESPN’s The Jump on Wednesday.
Dosunmu, the 22nd prospect on ESPN 100, was a consensus All-American first team and the winner of the Bob Cousy award, presented to the nation’s top point guard. Dosunmu, 21, averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 39% from 3-point range, leading Illinois to the Big Ten Conference tournament title and rank. number one in the NCAA tournament.
“In my freshman season at Illinois just three years ago, we finished in the bottom of the Big Ten,” Dosunmu said. “… The postseason didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but what my teammates and I accomplished in three short years was quite remarkable.”
The 6ft 4in Dosunmu, which has a wingspan of 6ft 9in, is considered one of the best two-way guards available in the NBA draft, thanks to its length, pace, and skill level. He was one of the most efficient pick-and-roll players in college play, according to Synergy Sports Technology, converting 42% of his shots into jump shots, the third-best rate among draft prospects, while also ranking third. in transition score.
“As I spoke to many teams last year, I am sure they heard that I will do my best to turn constructive criticism into results,” Dosunmu said. “Using the feedback I received from the teams, I improved my game in all categories and finished the regular season with different stats than any player in college basketball in the last 11 years … They learned that I am both a playmaker and a defensive threatens, making me the most complete player in college basketball. “
He gained notoriety for his late-game heroics throughout his career at Illinois, making 50% of his field goal attempts in the final five minutes of regulation or overtime this season, according to ESPN Statistics and Information. By comparison, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, considered one of the most important players in the college game this season, shot 47% from the field in those situations.
The NBA announced last week that the NBA draft will take place on July 29. A combined draft scheduled for June 21 will feature competitive 5-on-5 action “subject to public health conditions.”
Jonathan Givony is an NBA Draft expert and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private screening and analysis service used by international, NBA, and NCAA teams.