May was a jam packed month of AAU basketball, and for several area prospects, it was an extremely productive one. Summer AAU basketball has a knack for changing popular perception of a prospect in the blink of an eye. A few impressive showings in national tournaments can send a player’s stock through the roof, while poor showings (or no showings at all) over the summer can leave a player with serious ground to make up come the high school season. Already this summer there are a number of players seeing their stock rise, and others with ground to make up.
Over the course of the summer, we’ll highlight players who are seeing their stock rise or fall. First up: Ayo Dosunmu.
Ayo Dosunmu (2018 PG, Mac Irvin Fire/Morgan Park)
Perhaps no one in the state has seen their stock rise as significantly this summer as Ayo Dosunmu. Playing a secondary role to Cal-bound star Charlie Moore as a Sophomore this season at Morgan Park, Dosunmu has been on a mission to prove he can be a teams’ primary scorer. Dosunmu started the season playing for the Fire U16 team on the EYBL circuit, but his strong play has earned him minutes with the Fire U17s recently as well. The 6’3″ PG has seemingly scored at will at times this summer. Dosunmu’s length and athleticism make him a constant threat when driving to the basket, but Dosunmu has also shown the ability to score from mid-range or beyond the arc.
Dosunmu’s strong play so far this summer has caught the eye of scouts and coaches alike. Offers have poured in since the spring, including Illinois, Northwestern, SMU, Texas A&M and UNLV. Ayo’s ascension has been noticed by scouts as well. Just this week, Dosunmu was named a top-60 player in 2018 by ESPN. The trend is certainly upward for Dosunmu, who figures to be in the discussion for Mr. Basketball in 2018.