After leading Illinois to a No. 1 seed in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013, Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, the program announced Tuesday. Dosunmu earned first-team All-American honors from the Associated Press, CBS Sports and others after averaging 20.1 points and 5.3 assists as a junior this season.
"For all you have done for Illinois Basketball, Thank You Ayo," the program's official Twitter account said.
The 6-foot-5 Dosunmu improved in a couple of key areas this season to make him a likely first-round selection. By upping his number of assists by two per game to 5.3, he proved his mettle as a distributor. By improving his 3-point shooting percentage from 29.6% as a sophomore to 38.6% as a junior, he also flashed the outside shooting promise that is essential for guards in the modern NBA.
Dosunmu flirted with turning pro last year after rising to stardom as a sophomore and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. However, he ultimately decided to return for another season of college basketball along with Illini star big man Kofi Cockburn. Together, the two led the program to a 16-4 record in the Big Ten, which was the program's best since it made the national championship game in 2005.