Illinois closed out a big recruiting weekend by hosting the state's top rising junior Ayo Dosunmu for an unofficial visit on Sunday.
The 6-foot-3 Morgan Park point guard has been one of the best emerging talents in the country this spring. Dosunmu and his family headed to Champaign after the Nike Elite 100 Camp in St. Louis.
"The visit was good," Dosunmu told IlliniInquirer.com. "Really nice campus. The coaches were very hospitable. Saw a great deal of the campus. For my first unofficial, I was very impressed."
There were a few things that stood out to Dosunmu during the visit. He was impressed by the renovated State Farm Center and other upgrades made to the basketball facilities. John Groce and his staff made a good impression as well.
"Aside from the new facilities, I was most impressed by the amount of support that I'd have as a student athlete," Dosunmu said. "Coach Groce and the coaching staff were really cool as well."
Groce extended an offer to Dosunmu early on last month. He and assistant coach Paris Parham visited Dosunmu at Morgan Park in April too. They are establishing a good bond with their top-ranked 2018 target.
"Family is huge, which was big for my parents, as well as developing a complete player," Dosunmu said. "They are relatable. Coach Parham and Dee Brown both played my position in college. They are both from Chicago and they understand my style of play."
Dosunmu got a chance to meet with Brown and talk to him.
"I spoke with him briefly. He explained the advantages of playing for your state school and earning a U of I degree," Dosunmu said.
He believes having Brown on staff will have a major impact on the program, including the effort to recruit Chicago's top talent.
"Absolutely," Dosunmu said. "Having Dee on campus is definitely a bonus to the players, especially the ones from Chicago."
Prior to his arrival in Champaign, Dosunmu continued to cement his status as one of the top guards in the 2018 class at the Elite 100 Camp. He also received an invite to the CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp over the weekend.
"Dosunmu has elite speed with the ball and always plays in attack mode," Scout.com national basketball analyst Brian Snow wrote after the Elite 100 Camp. "Despite not being a great shooter, things are improving from distance. Still his bread and butter is getting to the rim, and Dosunmu did it better than any player at camp and he was one of the leading scorers as a result."
Dosunmu talked about his experience at the Elite 100 Camp this past weekend.
"It was a great experience," he said. "I had decent games. I think I performed ok. I'm always critiquing my game -- never settling. I will go over the weekend with Coach Nick (Irvin) and my dad on improvements needed for CP3 and the AAU season in July."
Dosunmu was ranked No. 28 overall in the latest Scout.com 2018 rankings, and he is the No. 7 point guard in the class. He has also been tabbed as the next big thing in Chicago.
But Dosunmu remains humble and hungry.
"I'm not really putting too much into it," he said. "I know the rankings are based on performance. So my motivation is to be better than my last performance. This means to continue to work on elevating my game mentally, physically and skill-wise."
Dosunmu averaged 18.8 points per game in six games on the EYBL 17U circuit this spring with the Mac Irvin Fire. He shot 50 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from beyond the arc. He has a smooth flow to his game, and he is outstanding at getting to the hoop off the dribble.
Dosunmu is wired to score at the point guard position, and the sky is the limit as he continues to develop his game. This is just the beginning.
The Illini have been unable to land high-level point guards from Morgan Park recently, as they missed on Marcus LoVett and Charlie Moore in the past two classes. But Groce & Co. hope that the third time is the charm when it comes to Dosunmu.
Getting him on campus and furthering that relationship was a step in the right direction.