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Illinois Basketball’s Ayo Dosunmu Signs 20M Dollar Deal!



Mar 8, 2020; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) goes up for a shot against Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) during the second half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Basketball’s Ayo Dosunmu Signs 20M Dollar Deal!

After a few weeks of uncertainty, Adrian Wojnarowski announced that the Bulls have resigned Ayo Dosunmu to a 3-year, 21 million-dollar deal. Despite being a second-round pick, Dosunmu had an impressive Rookie season. This past year, Ayo started the season as the starting point guard. The Illini legend plateaued, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Regardless, Dosunmu made the All-NBA rookie team and has asserted himself as a key role player in the NBA.

His Illini Legacy

I think one fact about Ayo Dosunmu that Bulls fans may not know is that Ayo will always play with a chip on his shoulder. Dosunmu entered college as a highly touted prospect, however, there were a number of knocks regarding his outside shot and position. Ayo transformed himself over three years at Illinois and ended up becoming one of the best guards in the country. Dosunmu led one of the best Illini teams of the 21st century to a Big Ten Championship by averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Ayo Dosunmu had a number of “clutch” shots and moments that many Illini fans will never forget. Whether it was the shot against Michigan or the clutch three to sink Wisconsin, Ayo Dosunmu is an Illini legend. In fact, Ayo Dosunmu has his jersey hanging in the rafters at the State Farm Center.

Ayo Dosunmu’s Professional Outlook

Dosunmu will certainly be a key role player off the bench. He flipped between different roles this past season, however having a set role off the bench may be better suited for him. The Chicago Bulls desperately needed a pass-first point guard to set the table for Demar Derozan, Zach Lavine and Nikola Vucevic. After Lonzo Ball’s injuries, Ayo was thrust into the role of starting PG. However, he never seemed to fit. Ayo is a down-hill scorer that is best attacking the front of the rim in transition. He can certainly play that role this year off the bench.

Ayo may never be the star of the show, however he must improve his handle in the half court and his jump shot. If he can improve both, he will certainly have a long career.

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