Anthony Davis, Jabari Parker, Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor, Jalen Brunson – it’s been a long line of suffering for Illinois fans who have watched the state’s top prospect flee the Land of Lincoln.  On Thursday, the dry spell came to an end.

For the first time since 2010, Illinois kept the state’s number one talent at home as Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park guard Ayo Dosunmu announced his commitment to the Illini.  Dosunmu was down to Illinois and Wake Forest. He had other offers from Ohio State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Marquette, Florida State, UNLV, Creighton, UConn, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Kansas, USC, and many more. 

A guard that lives in the paint, Dosunmu has a unique ability to create shots around the rim. Rarely does a guard come along that almost doesn’t need a jumper. It’s not as if Dosunmu is an overwhelming physical specimen either. He’s just a ton of tricks in his tool bag and even when defenders try and take away his dribble drives to the rim, Dosunmu has unlimited ways of reaching the hole. 

Make no mistake, Dosunmu can also shoot the rock. The 6-foot-3 guard has come a long way with his jumper over the past few seasons. Despite an unorthodox release, Dosunmu has consistently shown the ability to stretch the floor on and off the ball.  A strong two-way presence, Dosunmu has the ability to constantly jump start his team. Dosunmu plays the passing lanes extremely well. His anticipation skills turn defense into offense in the blink of an eye.

Dosunmu is Illinois’ first commitment in 2018. A legit top 30 prospect, Dosunmu could end up being the Illini’s highest rated addition since Richard McBride in 2003.  Looking for their first top four finish in the Big Ten since 2010-11 when Bruce Weber was at the helm, new Head Coach Brad Underwood is off to a strong start without having coached a single game. 

Dosunmu played with Mac Irvin Fire during the travel season.