One of the top basketball point guards in the country, Chicago Morgan Park junior Ayo Dosunmu has made himself at home on the basketball court. When it comes to football, however, the 6-3 guard is a little out of his element.
So having attended only one football game previously, Dosunmu was looking forward to spending an afternoon at the University of Wisconsin for an unofficial visit that tied into the Badgers’ home opener.
“I had a great time there,” Dosunmu told BadgerNation. “The fans are awesome. From the first time I got down on campus, I was walking down the street and fans are throwing football. It was a fun time. It was a good atmosphere. They cheer a lot. They are always into the game. It actually looked like a N.F.L. game.”
Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore first watched Dosunmu in the city playoffs and attended a handful of his games in the AAU season. The 6-foot-3 point guard had a productive AAU season with the Mac Irvin Fire, averaging 18.8 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game on the 17U circuit in May.
Dosunmu says his relationship with the Badgers assistant coach is going “well,” as Moore traveled to Chicago on Friday to watch him compete in an open gym. Dosunmu also had spoken to head coach Greg Gard over the phone, meeting him for the first time on Saturday.
“It went well and was nice,” Dosunmu said. “I had a fun time just sitting down and talking to the head coach. That was something I was looking forward to. Overall I enjoyed the visit.”
Wisconsin has yet to offer Dosunmu, who said Gard told him that the staff wants to continue building a relationship with him. He claims offers from Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida State, Illinois, Marquette, Northwestern, SMU, St. John’s, St. Louis, Texas A&M, UIC, UNLV and Xavier.
“I think I can push the ball well and can score in transition, and also in the half court,”Dosunmu said. “I really can create my own shot and create for others.”
Wisconsin is projected to have two scholarships in the 2018 class, with Stevens Point (WI) HS) five-star power forward Joey Hauser and Greendale (WI) Whitnall four-star combo guard Tyler Herro the main targets.