Ayo Dosunmu will be the next Illini drafted but will it be sooner rather than later?

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois hasn’t had a player taken in the NBA draft since Meyers Leonard in 2012. Ayo Dosunmu will end that drought, but when?

The freshman from Chicago has scored 18 or more points in each of the last four games, breaking out of a freshman funk where he averaged 6.8 points over a six game span. Last week his name appeared in an NBA mock draft for the first time this year, when ESPN’s Jonathan Givony had him at #25 to the Golden State Warriors. It’s safe to say Dosunmu will be in the NBA in the near future.

“He’s a student of the game. The best thing about Ayo, that I’ve been most impressed with is he’s an unbelievable listener. You can show him something once or twice, have him work on it in an individual workout, and he can incorporate it in his game. He doesn’t need 500 reps to do it. Not a lot of guys can do that. He’s a sponge, he just wants to listen and absorb information,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “He asks all the time, texts me all the time some of the texts about NBA guys and this and that and it’s fun because he’s very, very into it and we’re starting to see that. Has he touched his ceiling? Not even close… not even close.”

Dosunmu has said in the past that he would like to be a one-and-done player in college, if his freshman year went well. He’s currently second on the Illini in scoring with 13.6 points per game, to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Those numbers are eye-popping like some freshman in the country. But if he keeps doing what he’s done over the last four games, the NBA scouts will notice.

“I try to give me all each and every day, each and every night. I try to give my all. Don’t matter if we’re up 20 or down 20, I play till the end of the clock. That’s all I do,” Dosunmu said. “I try to just be true to the game and be true to the God given talent that God has gave me because any minute he could take it away from me so I try to use it and just be blessed and just play hard.”

Illinois host Minnesota on Wednesday night at 8:00. 

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