Ayo Dosunmu tried 240 3-pointers as a college player, so the shot is no stranger to him. He’s only connected 79, or 32.9 percent, so making some sort of it is.
This is what the coming months should be about now. Dosunmu had entered the NBA draft with some promise after the cut-off college basketball season 2019-20, but his shooting would always be an obstacle to overcome.
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With the announcement of his decision to withdraw from the concept at the end of Friday, with a video posted to his Twitter accountDosunmu stated, “I need that national championship.” It was just the right thing to say, and it is not entirely out of reach if center Kofi Cockburn, who needs one more academic year than its guard, chooses to back down.
Dosunmu probably won’t reach the championship or the lucrative concept position without strengthening his show jumper.
Just about every evaluation by Dosunmu’s design analyst will mention his shooting. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic praised his pull-up sweater and his high character The Daily Illini student newspaper. But he raised the same issue: “You must be able to shoot basketball at a high level in order to place the floor in front of his teammates. Otherwise, it will be more difficult for his team to get an efficient attack. ” .. I’m just concerned about what his attacking role is on the next level if the jumper from behind the NBA 3-point line doesn’t translate. “
Chris Stone, who made concept analysis for Sporting News, agreed that shooting is the biggest mistake in Dosunmu’s game.
Dosunmu is a 6-5 point guard of great length who can pass defenders with his intelligence and elusiveness. He has a competitive spirit that the pros will appreciate and a talent for the big shot. But the deep shot has come to rule the NBA game, and so far it’s over him.
It’s not fantastic to believe he can master it, make the tremendous improvement that is needed. In 2018-19, PJ Washington of Kentucky as a freshman jumped from 23.8 percent as a freshman to 42.3. That surge, even in a season with just 33 brands, was enough to get Washington into the lottery.
Dosunmu fell from 35.2 percent and 50 made it to just 29.6 percent as a freshman, and 29 made 3-point as a sophomore, even while the rest of his game was on the rise. His 2-point accuracy increased from 48.5 percent to 54.4. He earned more free throws in fewer games and his error shooting went from 69.5 percent to 75.5.
Probably it was his burgeoning list of responsibilities that led him to retire as a long-range shooter. In its first season, Illinois was a rebuilding team, and there was little pressure on winning and losing. In 2019-20, largely due to Dosunmu’s progress as a team leader and assault weapon, Illinois set a 21-10 overall record and finished 13-7 in the Big Ten, just one game from the first.
Expectations will grow with Dosunmu for a new season. Illinois was chosen last season to finish seventh. Depending on which other players return to college – key players like Luka Garza, Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry have yet to make decisions – Illinois may not be chosen to win the league this year. But it will be close and fans of the program will expect the team to compete.
And Dosunmu himself set the bar high with this statement.
“Since [I was] a child, I worked. My dream is to play in the NBA, “he said in the video.” But first I need that national championship. Year 3. “
Illinois last reached the Final Four in 2005, when the trio Deron Williams-Dee Brown-Luther Head carried the team to the NCAA Championship game and a loss to North Carolina. Before that, it was the “Flyin ‘Illini” squad in 1989, the best team in college basketball, but fell in the semifinals of Big Ten rival (and ultimately champion) Michigan.
That national championship is not easy to win. But it would be easier for Illinois if Dosunmu comes out with three this season.