Ayo Dosunmu Jet Life In The NBAApril 22, 2021
You watch Dosunmu glide up and down the court and this much is obvious. There is something special there. He plays the game we love with passion, desire and a hunger to make an impact. These things can’t be taught or coached. Dosunmu the son of Nigerian Immigrants isn’t afraid to feed the fire or grind or work hard. He’s a 5-star prospect that was ranked 36th in his recruiting class but if you ask him that’s not the goal. The goal to become great at the game he loves and make a career of it. He’s known pain and tragedy but they only fuel him. You’ll see him regularly flash Jet Life. The sign is to honor the life of Darius Brown, a good friend of Dosunmu who was murdered at the age of 13 in 2011
The tape tells a clear story of someone who is there to compete and win at all costs. When asked about Illinois disappointing 2nd round exit from the NCAA tournament. He exclaimed “It’s my fault I need to play and lead better.” He had a disappointing nine points but the heart and hustle remained. Humble , determined these aren’t traits you can take lightly. Talent matters of course but watch the tape. Dosunmu has enough athleticism to compete on the highest level. A good but not great athlete, we’ve seen that mistake before. A soft shooting touch, high basketball IQ and excellent playmaking skills for a combo guard who could also play small ball SF.
Dosunmu isn’t a freshman, he’s not a freak athlete or highflyer. His highlight reels aren’t sexy compared to other prospects. He’ll get drafted in the mid 1st round most likely by some team who sees his spark the potential to be something special. When he reaches his potential we will look back on what a steal he was.
Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Luol Deng, Draymond Green.
There isn’t anything sexy or exciting about those player types but they are winners. Humble, patient, hungry, determined to prove the doubters wrong. The NBA needed another one of those player types and in my opinion Dosunmu and Scottie Barnes who we already talked about are those types. Humble, hard working determined. The Chip remains and whoever helps Ayo Dosunmu reach his ceiling will be glad they did. Doubt him, overlook him if you must but put the NBA on notice he’s coming and you can’t stop him.