I just finished watching Ayo Dosunmu’s interview on the Bulls Talk Podcast with K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer. The NBC Sports duo asked Dosunmu about his upbringing, his time at Illinois, being from Chicago, and his experience thus far in the NBA. It’s a can’t-miss episode, if you’re into listening to podcasts.
Dosunmu discussed falling all the way to the 38th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and how that has motivated him. He added that he never gets too high or too low — he’s always trying to be the best version of himself that he can be on and off the court.
WHY IT MATTERS
As I was listening to this, it really hit me. This kid is going to be a superstar. I tried to think of reasons to disagree with my own thought. For the life of me, I couldn’t find any. Call me a homer or delusional. I totally believe what I am typing out right now. Ayo Dosunmu has talent, but it’s his obsession with being better that will make him an elite name in this league.
Johnson and Schaefer pointed out several times that they’ve heard Dosunmu likes to ask questions. Whether that’s to his teammates, coaches, or even a legend like Gary Payton, Dosunmu continues to educate himself on the game. It’s amazing to me that so many teams passed up on this 22-year-old who is wise beyond his years.
On the season, Dosunmu is averaging 8.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 3.1 APG. But as a starter, he’s averaging 11.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 6.7 APG. He’s doing that while shooting 54% from the field and 40% from downtown. He’s often tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best wing player as well. Dosunmu has first-round talent, but luckily for the Chicago Bulls, he was a diamond-in-the-rough pick in the second round.
Tonight, Dosunmu has the opportunity to shine on the national stage. He was one of 12 NBA rookies selected to participate in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. He’s almost a lock to make the All-NBA Rookie First-Team and he’s currently the starting point guard on the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls.
All in all, the way this kid carries himself is that of a mature young man who just wants to be the best at what he does. If you’re from Chicago, how could you not get behind that? The slight of falling to the second round of the draft is now in his rearview mirror. Ayo Dosunmu has shown everyone how good he really is, and he has his sights set on becoming even better. That’s what superstars do.
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