The second session of the Nike EYBL tipped off just outside of Indianapolis on Friday night as N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts was in the building scouting some of his top targets.
One of the Wolfpack's recent targets is Chicago native and Class of 2018 point guard Ayo Dosunmu (pronounced I-O, Do-Sue-Moo).
The 6-foot-4 Dosunmu was watched by Keatts on Friday night as the Mac Irvin Fire were able to pull an overtime win over the City Rocks as Dosunmu tallied 22 points.
Dosunmu acknowledged that N.C. State was one of the programs recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
"Xavier, Butler, Creighton, Illinois, of course, and N.C. State," Dosunmu said.
So far, Dosunmu is in the early stages of recruiting as he's trying to wade through the process and figure out which schools are serious about him. N.C. State and Keatts are trying to pitch Dosunmu on the great guards that he coached at Louisville and UNC Wilmington.
"They just told me that he coaches a lot of great guards," Dosunmu said.
"I just know that Coach [Keatts] is a hard-working coach. He knows how to develop guards. N.C. State had Dennis Smith and a lot of good guards there so it's been good for [guards]."
The recruiting process is still in the very early stages of the recruiting process as he's trying to see which programs come along during the spring and summer. Dosunmu doesn't have any visits currently planned as he's focused on trying to take the Mac Irvin Fire to Peach Jam.
"I'm not sure [about visits]. I'm just going through the process," Dosunmu said. "Just trying to win Peach Jam and win as many games as we can."
As for what he's looking for in a future school, Dosunmu wants to really be involved in every facet of the program.
"Just a school that I can bond with," Dosunmu said. "Players, coaches, the environment, fans, everything."
One of the reasons that recruiting might have slowed down for Dosunmu is that he's been recovering from a late-season injury during the high school season. Injuring his right foot, Dosunmu had to sit and watch from the sidelines as his Morgan Park teammates won a Class 3A Illinois state championship without him after he went down with the injury during the first quarter of the state semifinals.
Working hard to rehab after the injury, suffered on March 17, Dosunmu wanted to be ready for the April Evaluation Period.
"It's just God. I just put my faith into God. I pray every night through rehab and I went hard. There were a lot of days when I went to rehab, it was painful and it hurt real bad. But that's God showing me his face," Dosunmu said.
Dosunmu appears to be fully healthy so far as he's averaging 22.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists through eight EYBL games.
"I just want to show that I'm still here and that I can face adversity," Dosunmu said. "The [coaches] just told me that they are happy that I'm back, that I look good, and to just keep working."