Dosunmu's jumper has been a key part of his offensive game. Let’s breakdown where Dosunmu excelled and what he can improve on. According to sources familiar with the matter, officers were dispatched to Johnson’s home around 9:30 p.m. Friday after a "verbal altercation escalated" and Johnson allegedly shoved his wife. Repurposed ice arena leaves ice sports in the cold, “A tall order”: Inside UI’s COVID testing lab, UI cancels spring break, postpones start of semester, Underwood faces challenges of assembling non-conference schedule, Mailbag: Answering biggest Illini preseason questions, The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871, The Daily Illini • © 2020 The Daily Illini • Privacy Policy • FLEX WordPress Theme by SNO • Log in. Let’s breakdown where Dosunmu excelled and what he can improve on. On Tuesday, Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports college insider, posted his preseason All-Americans for the upcoming campaign. Ayo Dosunmu is a 6-3, 160-pound Shooting Guard from Chicago, IL. CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 05: Ayo Dosunmu #11 of the Illinois Fighting Illini on the court during the game against the Nicoholls State Colonels at State Farm Center on November 05, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. When engaged, Dosunmu can use his speed and flexible hips to make good rotations. Two men were killed in separate shootings in Humboldt Park on the West Side. He shot 37/88 in jumpers off the dribble, placing him in the 75th percentile. Opinion | Elections offer skewed view of Christianity, Opinion | Remove judicial activism, restore political balance, Opinion | Supreme Court warrants constitutive reform, International student tackles additional COVID-19 academic challenges. Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois) That is right, Rothstein believes Ayo is a first-team All-American player, and I can’t argue against him. He should be on Rothstein’s preseason All-American list. Regardless of who was snubbed from the preseason All-American list, Illinois has a great team and people are taking notice. Year three,” he added. The first-team, all-Big Ten guard said in a video posted Friday on Twitter playing in the NBA is his dream. “But first, I need that national championship. Illini center Kofi Cockburn, another early entrant for the NBA Draft, told CBS Sports that he’ll announce his plans Saturday. Improving his jumper could take Dosunmu from a very good college player to an elite one. Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) puts up a jump shot as Minnesota's Michael Hurt (42) tries to get in place earlier this season. Dosunmu also excels at reading and using ball-screens. Sign up for the Illini fans need to strap in for one of the best years in a long time. He was masterful in transition, using an array of floaters and one-legged finishes to convert. A trail cam photo of a backyard buck, the joy and surprise of Chinook in Indiana streams, the odd record of an Illinois northern hogsucker and the bounty of Iowa pheasants in 2020 are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors. The prelate, who was born in Chicago, has his pulse on factions in the U.S. Catholic Church, which has both strong conservative and liberal veins since he served three times as the head of the U.S. Conference of Bishops. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Trent Frazier and Da’Monte Williams typically take the tougher assignments. Ayo Dosunmu is back this winter to lead the Illinois men's basketball program, a team projected to be near the top of the Big Ten and in the nation's top 20. In a close game, Dosunmu is a player they can count on down the stretch. He gets much better elevation and releases the ball at a high point. Year 3,” he added. With so much attention following a great 2019-20 campaign, the Illini have most of the roster returning for one last run. “But first, I need that national championship. Ayo Dosunmu’s sophomore season was, by all means, a success. Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu shoots the ball during the game against Michigan State on Feb. 11. Off the dribble, Dosunmu was money. He’s got an excellent pull-back dribble but needs to improve on his counters to offset defenders. But Kofi is a glaring miss for the college basketball insider. But, the addition of Curbelo and Miller could create more open looks for Dosunmu and help his efficiency. While he was tasked with shooting contested threes late in the shot clock, he also was only 19/66 on catch and shoot shots. Chicago police called to domestic incident at home of ex-Supt. He uses his long strides to excel from one point to another. The numbers Kofi put up in year one will only increase in year two. The real question is what happens after. He might return, too, considering his name hasn’t appeared in any mock drafts. Know about breaking news as it happens. In the open court, Dosunmu has elite speed. With veteran guards out of the league, Dosunmu could be the best guard in the league. When you scroll down to see the second-team and third-team All-Americans, there is only one more Big Ten player who made the list and that is Trayce Jackson-Davis, a great young talent from Indiana. French has missed 243 of his 371 free throw attempts as a Billiken. His three-point percentage dropped from 35.2% to 29.6% on one less attempt. Michael Lang graduated from Lyons Township High School and was a freshman at the University of Dayton. Illinois (16-9, 8-6) played without leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu (15.8 points). He does have a tendency to kick his legs when he shoots, often leaving him off-balance. Ayo led Illinois to a 21-10 season where they finished in the top four in the Big Ten with a conference record of 13-7. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu plans to return for his junior season rather than turn pro. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Illinois Fighting Illini and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. He could have turned pro, but Dosunmu elected to return to Champaign for a third season. Follow here for live updates. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. The first-team, All-Big Ten guard said in a video posted Friday on Twitter that playing in the NBA is his dream. He added strength but was still uncomfortable around contact. The NCAA deadline to withdraw from the draft is Monday. Ayo Dosunmu’s sophomore season was, by all means, a success. Wilton, 73, who is the D.C. archbishop, was picked by Francis to lead the prestigious diocese in the U.S. capital last year. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images). Who was the final piece of the first team? His 23.7 free throw rate was fifth on the team and in the bottom half nationally. The sophomore guard hurt his left knee at the final buzzer in a loss against Michigan State on Tuesday night. Dosunmu does pass well out of the pick and roll, whether it is dumping to a big or making a skip pass to the corner or wing. Dosunmu has room to grow, but even as a sophomore he was first-team All-Big Ten. With more scoring options on the roster, Dosunmu could see a decline in usage rate. We follow the stories and update you as they develop. But Dosunmu largely struggled in the halfcourt. He does a good job of using his length to get to the rim but lacks vertical pop when there. 3 Notre Dame rides big plays to rout of Pitt, This You Gotta See: NFL puts Sunday best on display with Titans-Steelers, Seahawks-Cardinals, Bicyclist fatally struck by vehicle in Jefferson Park, Record-breaking number of coronavirus cases continues worrisome trend upward (LIVE UPDATES), Pope Francis appoints America’s first African American cardinal, Chicago-native Wilton Gregory, 17 shot, 4 fatally, in Chicago this weekend, Dear Abby: My sister avoids talking to anyone in the family, and we don’t know why. If Ayo Dosunmu were to leave for the NBA Draft, which is still considered a likelihood, Illinois would lose four of its top five scorers from this past season and 51.3 of … He and Iowa’s Luka Garza will be preseason favorites for Big Ten Player of the Year. Averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a true freshman, Kofi wasn’t just one of the best players in the Big Ten, he was one of the best players in the country. Dosunmu’s shot mechanics have greatly improved since he was in high school. Ayo Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points — fifth in the conference — and shot 48.4 percent last season. Your privacy is safe with us. The Chicago native was better across several stat categories to lead Illinois to a 20-win season. Averaging 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as … newsletter, Chicago outdoors: Big backyard buck, Indiana Chinook, Illinois northern hogsucker, Iowa pheasants, Brett Phillips hits walk-off single to lift Rays past Dodgers 8-7, tie World Series, Ramsey, Anderson lead Northwestern in rout of Maryland, Fire playoff hopes dented after allowing Red Bulls to equalize late in 2-2 draw, No. He averaged 16.6 points — fifth in the conference — and shot 48.4 percent. That should favor Dosunmu, but Illinois will need him to finish around the rim better in the half-court and get to the free-throw line more often. Illinois has high hopes and expectations for this season. The Illini went 21-10 overall and 13-7 in Big Ten play in coach Brad Underwood’s third season, and were in line for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 when the season ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois Fighting Illini news from FanSided Daily, Illinois Basketball: Dates and teams set for Illini multi-team invite. Catch and shoot shots were a different story. Dosunmu (29.6%), Goodwin (28.2%) and Pinson (27.9%) all shot lower than 30 percent from 3-point range last season. With the addition of freshmen guards Andre Curbelo and Adam Miller, the Illini will theoretically push the pace more this season. The first team is pretty loaded with Jared Butler (Baylor), Remy Martin (Arizona State), Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) and Luka Garza (Iowa) all donning the list. Finishing for Dosunmu is a bit of a mixed bag. Police said he was biking in circles before riding head on into a vehicle in the oncoming lane. He could have turned pro, but Dosunmu elected to return to Champaign for a third season. With the addition of a pass-first creator like Curbelo, Dosunmu should get more open looks. Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu to return for junior season, 18-year-old University of Dayton student from La Grange dies of COVID-19. 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It’s not inconceivable that he scores around 20 points per game this year. On the ball, he can disrupt ball-handlers at the point of attack with his length. If he can improve as a shooter, his upside as a scorer and Illinois’ ceiling are limitless.