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Writing Illini Apr 8, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Illini season wrap-up for Ayo Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu’s 2020-21 season was arguably his best while being part of the Illinois basketball program. Here is the season wrap-up for the star Illini guard. Expectations Before the start of the 2020-21 season, I was expecting Ayo to do big things. In his sophomore campaign, he averaged 16.8 points. 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds […] Illinois Basketball: Illini season wrap-up for Ayo Dosunmu - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 8, 2021
PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 182 - Thank you Ayo. We wish you the best.

PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 182 - Thank you Ayo. We wish you the best.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Recapping a busy week of change for Illini basketball. On this episode of Oskee Talk, we recap Ayo Dosunmu’s decision to declare for the NBA draft and sign an agent. We talk about Adam Miller’s decision to leave the program. We talk the transfer market including the addition of Omar Payne. We finish the episode recapping a fantastic weekend for Illini softball.
The Champaign Room Apr 7, 2021
Ayo took Illinois to new heights. It’s time for the NBA

Ayo took Illinois to new heights. It’s time for the NBA

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The Illini legend will get to chase his dream. On Tuesday afternoon Ayo Dosunmu officially declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. While he had done that before, it was different this time around. Dosunmu was decked out in a sleek black suit with a white collared shirt and a black tie, and part of his announcement included confirmation that he had hired an agent — thus removing the amateur status next to his name. Dosunmu committed to Illinois at the Jordan Store in downtown Chicago in October 2017, hammering home the in-state connection he...
Writing Illini Apr 6, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Illini legend Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft

It is official, the Illinois basketball program is losing one of the greatest players to ever suit up for the team. On Tuesday afternoon, via ESPN’s The Jump, Ayo Dosunmu announced that he would be forgoing his ability to come back to the Illini and will be entering the NBA Draft. This is news most expected but […] Illinois Basketball: Illini legend Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Apr 6, 2021
Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft

Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports This time he’ll stick. While the Illini didn’t win a national championship and the exit was ultimately disappointing, Ayo Dosunmu did finish his business. The All-American point guard has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, announcing his decision Tuesday afternoon live on ESPN’s The Jump. It caps an extraordinary three-year career that saw the Illini go from as many as 21 losses to its first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. We have done this dance with Dosunmu before — two times, in fact — but this time it is likely it...
The Champaign Room Mar 19, 2021
Dosunmu named finalist for Naismith Trophy

Dosunmu named finalist for Naismith Trophy

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports He has a chance to be the first Illini ever to win it. Prior to Friday’s start of the NCAA Tournament, Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu got some good news. The junior guard was named one of the four finalists for the 2021 Naismith Trophy, the most prestigious honor in college basketball. No Illini has ever won the Naismith Trophy, but Dosunmu has a good shot at being the first. He’s already been named first-team All-American by every organization to date and garnered his first National Player of the Year award from USA Today. Big Ten Player...
The Champaign Room Mar 17, 2021
Ayo Dosunmu Named USA Today Player of the Year

Ayo Dosunmu Named USA Today Player of the Year

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports The superlatives keep coming. Not even 24 hours after being named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, Ayo Dosunmu has been selected as USA Today Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. “The do-everything guard was an electrifying force for the Fighting Illini this year in propelling them to an NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed,” Scott Gleeson of USA Today wrote Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 junior guard was picked ahead of Oklahoma State freshman phenom Cade Cunningham, who the Illini could match up with in the Sweet 16, and Iowa’s...
Writing Illini Mar 17, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu wins USA Today National Player of the Year

Illinois basketball received some big news for their best player on Wednesday afternoon. The USA Today announced their awards for the season, and Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu earned National Player of the Year honors. This is a big accomplishment for one of the best players in the history of the Illinois basketball program. To go […] Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu wins USA Today National Player of the Year - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Writing Illini Mar 16, 2021

Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu has made history for the Illini

History has been achieved as Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu has made the AP All-American First-Team. Why is this history? Simple, there have been exactly zero Illinois basketball players make the AP All-American First-Team in the history of the program. Now there is one and his name is Ayo Dosunmu. It is hard to believe […] Illinois Basketball: Ayo Dosunmu has made history for the Illini - Writing Illini - Writing Illini - An Illinois Fighting Illini Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Champaign Room Mar 16, 2021
Kofi Cockburn selected as AP Second Team All-American

Kofi Cockburn selected as AP Second Team All-American

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports One of the best bigs in the country. Not one, but make that TWO Illini named to AP All-American teams. Shortly after teammate Ayo Dosunmu was chosen to the first team, Kofi Cockburn made the AP All-American Second Team. AP Second-Team All-American ➡️ @kxng_alpha A huge and well-deserved honor for the Illini sophomore! https://t.co/dqvE3xfa93 pic.twitter.com/MzJO9pLIz6— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 16, 2021 Cockburn was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team alongside Dosunmu and has also been named a Sporting News...
The Champaign Room Mar 16, 2021
Ayo Dosunmu selected as AP First Team All-American

Ayo Dosunmu selected as AP First Team All-American

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Truly one of the nation’s best. For the first time in program history, Illinois Basketball features an AP First Team All-American. On Tuesday afternoon, Ayo Dosunmu joined Baylor’s Jared Butler, Iowa’s Luka Garza, Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham as one of the top five players in the nation. AP First-Team All-American ➡️ @AyoDos_11He is the first #Illini EVER to earn this distinction! pic.twitter.com/owP3mbMRlZ— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 16, 2021 Dosunmu was also named the Big...
The Champaign Room Mar 15, 2021
‘Job not finished’: Big Ten Tournament Champs, Dosunmu want more

‘Job not finished’: Big Ten Tournament Champs, Dosunmu want more

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Still some unfinished business to be handled... As Ayo Dosunmu, the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, rose to the top step of the ladder and cut down a piece of nylon from the net at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, another jumbotron in the corner of the arena revealed Illinois would be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA Tournament — the first tournament appearance since 2013. “Knowing when I came on my visit, I talked to Coach Underwood and said these are the things we can accomplish here,” Dosunmu said after...

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