A (way too) early look at the 2017-18 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team
Ayo Dosunmu wasn’t the highest rated perimeter player to enter the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp. But the 6-4 shooting guard from Chicago has been playing like a someone intent on making an impression and moving up the rankings.
Listed at No. 29 in the class of 2018 by 247Sports, Dosunmu isn’t a sure-fire McDonald’s All-American like another Kansas recruiting target and fellow camper Quentin Grimes, but Dosunmu is on the summer circuit playing with a kind of aggression he helps will get him noticed.
Through the first four games at the top 100 camp which ran June 13-18 at the University of Virginia, Dosunmu was leading his team in scoring at 14.3 points per game and was shooting better than 60 percent from the field.
“I like to play fearless, and just come out and compete,” Dosunmu said. “It’s a measuring stick to come out here and play hard and compete hard. (The McDonald’s All-American Game) is my goal, and I’m just going to come out and compete with everyone ahead of me and let people know I’m coming from them.”
Dosunmu is in the midst of a wide-open recruitment, considering a long list of schools that includes Missouri, Illinois, Creighton, Xavier and several others. But he remains an interesting prospect for KU fans to keep an eye on.
In many ways, Dosunmu appears to be a perfect Bill Self guard. Dosunmu is similar in size to Tyshawn Taylor with Devonte Graham’s combo-guard skills. Toss in a little of Frank Mason’s drive and Sherron Collins’ Chicago toughness, and it's easy to see why Kansas has stayed in frequent contact.
“I’ve been talking a lot to Coach (Jerrance) Howard,” Dosunmu said. “He called me during Game 3 of the (NBA) Finals and offered me and tried to get me to come down there and see Coach Self. They’ve told me all about Sherron Collins coming out of Chicago.”
Illinois figures to be a stiff competitor for Dosunmu’s services. Illinois’ new coach Brad Underwood has been in frequent contact, and Dosunmu is scheduled to visit Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday.
Perhaps Kansas’ biggest advantage in the race to land Dosunmu is the presence of Charlie Moore, who transferred to Kansas this spring from California. Moore and Dosunmu were teammates at Morgan Park High School and with the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team.
“We’ve played together all my life,” Dosunmu said. “He’s like another brother to me, so I’m going to sit down with him and talk about Kansas. We’re going to talk about all the logistics with that.”