Former Illinois Prep Athletes and their NBA Performances- February 1- Ayo Dosunmu Comes Up Big Down The Stretch

Tuesday, seven former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from February 1.

Best of the Day: Ayo Dosunmu

The recently named rising star contributed valuable minutes in yet another NBA start for the Chicago Bulls. Ayo Dosunmu was very aggressive and was looking out for his teammates from the start of the game. Although he finished with 9 rebounds, he had a minutes span with 3 straight assists and even had 5 before the halfway point of the second quarter.

I picked a good game to to be it.

He keeps playing like this, he eventually will be in the Rookie of the Year considerations. Bleacher Nation’s Patrick Flowers sure thinks so. Read his piece here.

  • Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park/Chicago Bulls)- 36 mintues, 13 points, 4/7 FG, 3/5 3PT, 2/2 FT, a rebound, a game-high 9 assists (tied with Cole Anthony), a steal, a turnover, and +6 in a 126-115 win over the Orlando Magic.

Dwyane Wade (Richards) shared his thought about Ayo Dosunmu to his TV audience. He even compared Dosunmu’s game to Kawhi Leonard and him being a “diamond in the rough.”

Rest of the Day’s Performances

  • Fred VanVleet (Auburn/Toronto Raptors)- 38 minutes, 21 points, 5/11 FG, 2/6 3PT, 9/11 FT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, atom-hgih 6 assists, a game-high 3 steals (tied with Pascal Siakam), a game-high 1 block (tied with a few others), 3 turnovers, and +2 in a 110-106 win over the Miami Heat.
  • Max Strus (Stagg/Miami Heat)- 33 minutes, 9 points, 3/7 FG, 3/7 3PT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, and -2 in a 110-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
  • Patrick Beverly (Marshall/Minnesota Timberwolves)- 15 minutes, 11 points, 3/6 FG, 3/5 3PT, 2/2 FT, an offensive rebounds, 2 total rebounds, 5 assists, a block, a turnover, and +5 in a 130-115 win over the Denver Nuggets.
    • Returned after missing the previous 5 Timberwolves games.
  • Keita Bates-Diop (University/San Antonio Spurs)- 11 minutes, 2 points, 1/2 FG, a rebound, and -5 in a 124-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
    • Returned after missing the previous 4 Spurs Games
  • JaVale McGee (Hales Franciscan/Phoenix Suns)- 14 minutes, 5 points, 2/2 FG, 1/2 FT, an offensive rebound, 4 total rebounds, a game-high 2 blocks, a game-worst 4 turnovers (tied with 2 others), and +7 in a 121-111 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Jevon Carter (Proviso East/Brooklyn Nets)- 3 minutes, 5 points, 1/1 FG, 1/1 3PT, 2/2 FT, an assist, and +4 in a 121-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Extra News

Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park) was named as one NBA’s Rising Stars and will be in their All-Star weekend event. He becomes the 17th member in Chicago Bulls history to be named to the team.

Dosunmu is averaging 7.7 points on 53.1 and 42.3 from beyond the arc, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assist in 23.6 minutes per game across 46 games (12 starts).

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