Illini PG Dosunmu to enter NBA draft, rent agent


Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu will declare for the 2021 NBA draft and forgo his remaining school eligibility by hiring an agent, he introduced on ESPN’s The Bounce on Wednesday.

Dosunmu, the No. 22 prospect in the ESPN 100, was a consensus first crew All-American and the winner of the Bob Cousy Award, introduced to the nation’s prime level guard. Dosunmu, 21, averaged 20.1 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per sport whereas taking pictures 39% from 3-point vary, main Illinois to the Huge Ten Convention event title and a No. 1 seed within the NCAA event.

“In my freshman season at Illinois simply three years in the past, we completed on the backside of the Huge Ten,” Dosunmu stated. “… The postseason did not finish the way in which we wished it to, however what my teammates and I completed in three quick years was fairly outstanding.”

The 6-foot-4 Dosunmu, who has a 6-foot-9 wingspan, is taken into account the most effective two-way guards to be obtainable within the NBA draft, because of his size, tempo and talent stage. He was one of the environment friendly pick-and-roll gamers within the school sport, per Synergy Sports activities Expertise, changing 42% of his pull-up jumpers, the third-best price amongst draft prospects, whereas additionally rating third in transition scoring.

“As a result of I talked to a variety of groups final 12 months, I am assured they discovered that I’ll put within the work to transform constructive criticism into outcomes,” Dosunmu stated. “Utilizing suggestions I acquired from groups, I improved my sport in each class, and completed the common season with stats not like any participant in school basketball within the final 11 years. … They discovered that I am each a playmaker and a defensive menace — making me essentially the most full participant in school basketball.”

He gained notoriety for his late-game heroics all through his Illinois profession, making 50% of his area aim makes an attempt within the closing 5 minutes of regulation or extra time this season, per ESPN Stats & Data. By comparability, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, thought of one of the clutch gamers within the school sport this season, shot 47% from the sphere in these conditions.

The NBA introduced final week that the NBA draft can be carried out on July 29. A draft mix scheduled for June 21 will function aggressive 5-on-5 motion “topic to public well being situations.”

Jonathan Givony is an NBA Draft knowledgeable and the founder and co-owner of, a personal scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and Worldwide groups.