Mac Irvin Fire guard Ayo Dosunmu has been one of the top 2018 performers on the 16U circuit this spring.
The 6-foot-3 point guard is a natural athlete and playmaker in the backcourt, who operates with an effortless flow to his game. Dosunmu has supreme handles and vision, and he is lethal in the open floor.
He also has the ability to break down defenders in the halfcourt and get to the hoop. Dosunmu put his talent on display at the All-Illinois Invite this past weekend at Riverside Brookfield.
A handful of programs have taken notice over the last few weeks. Illini head coach John Groce called and offered Dosunmu last week.
"It's always good to get acknowledged by your hometown team," Dosunmu said. "I know a lot about Illinois. All the way back to when they had Deron Williams and made it to the NCAA championship game. Every year they play, I root for them. So it was just a great feeling to get an offer from them."
Dosunmu said he had a good conversation with Groce.
"Got to talk to him for about 10 minutes. He was giving me advice on being able to be good on and off the court," he said. "I've got a 3.0 GPA. He was just giving me tips like that to be a good basketball player on and off the court."
Groce also told Dosunmu that his transition game is exactly what they're looking for in a primary ball-handler.
"He told me he likes the way I get in the the open court," Dosunmu said. "Coach (Paris) Parham came to see me when we were in Indy. He said he liked the way I run the open floor and the way I facilitate as a floor general."
After putting up big numbers as a freshman at Chicago Westinghouse, Dosunmu played in the backcourt with Illinois Mr. Basketball winner Charlie Moore at Morgan Park this past season. That was a great learning experience for the young playmaker and future star.
"I learned a lot from Charlie. He's like a big brother to me," Dosunmu said. "He motivated me when I was down. And now, I'm showcasing my talent. He checks up on me and calls me every week. He gives me tips about the EYBL. I've learned a lot from his game and I incorporated his game into my own game."
On the AAU circuit, Dosunmu is playing in a loaded backcourt along with Simeon guards Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker. All three are capable ball-handlers who can push it in transition - making the Fire an explosive unit.
"That takes pressure off me and releases me a little bit," Dosunmu said. "I don't have to score every play. They can go get the ball and make plays. I trust them a lot so we just play within the game. If Kezo gets the rebound, he just pushes it. If 'THT' gets the rebound, he pushes it. That's what makes us so versatile."
The biggest focus for Dosunmu moving forward is to develop his jumper. He can knock down the three, and he showed that by hitting four treys in one game on Saturday. But his shot has been a work in progress, and he has been tweaking his form to become more consistent.
"I'm progressing on my jump shot. I've changed it over the last year. This spring has been going good so far," Dosunmu said. "I feel like my strengths are getting to the basket, changing speeds in transition, finishing with the right or the left, and shooting the jump shot when I come off the screen."
SMU and UIC have also jumped on board with offers since the conclusion of the April evaluation periods. There is much more in store for the No. 2 player in the state in the 2018 class.