Joel Ayayi

French star, Joel Ayayi, looking at college options

Joel Ayayi, a 6-foot-4 point guard out of France, is looking to come to the United States for college. Which schools are tracking him?

With recruiting options in the 2017 class dwindling, college coaches are having to get creative in their search for prospects that can impact their teams next season.

One way to do that is to look overseas and dive into the international landscape. One player starting to pick up steam that is looking into playing college basketball next season is INSEP Academy (France) point guard Joel Ayayi.

“Yes I am looking for a good option and I am considering to go to USA next year,” Ayayi told Scout.

“I like the way NCAA players are playing now,” Ayayi said. “I like the style of USA basketball. I think it can be a great fit with my European education and my European learning of the game.”

On the court, Ayayi passes the look test, standing 6-foot-4 and blessed with wide shoulders and good length. Known as a creative playmaker, Ayayi is quick and athletic.

“I’m a point guard who can create for his teammates,” he said. “I love to drive and kick and I love to go to the offensive glass to grab rebounds. I like to be able to play a different type of game and be the best teammate for my team. I want to win championships.”

“I’m working on my jump shot and my handle because to be a great point guard you need that,” Ayayi added.

Baylor and Georgia Tech have both been over to France to watch Ayayi and meet with him. Both schools have offered him a scholarship. Ayayi said he’s also heard from GonzagaOklahoma and Xavier.

“I’m looking to visit some universities,” Ayayi said. “I don’t know which university yet, but I’m looking to come to the U.S. very soon.”

Ayayi said he’s looking to take college visits in April.

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