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Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu declares for the NBA Draft

Sophomore will not hire an agent and could return to college

Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu (11) looks for an open shot against Northwestern’s Miller Kopp (10) on Saturday Jan. 18, 2020, in Champaign, Ill.
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Illinois sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu announced that will test the waters and enter the NBA Draft.

The Morgan Park alum told Jon Rothstein of Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that he made the decision after talking with his family, but left the door open for returning to school.

“I have not hired an agent. There’s so much stuff going on,” Dosunmu said. “When everything clears up, I’ll know more about it.”

Without an agent, Dosunmu will be able to go through the evaluation process at the NBA Draft Combine but still maintain his eligibility and return to school if he withdraws before the June 3 deadline.

Dosunmu had a breakout sophomore season for the Fighting Illini, He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. He led the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game and averaged 3.3 assists per game — a vast improvement from his freshman year.

“My sophomore year, I read the game better overall,” Dosunmu. “I was just a better player. I got stronger, much stronger. I had a better IQ out there.

“We didn’t get to finish the season, but I felt like we were on the verge of really exploding to like a national championship contending team. We had all the pieces. We were hot.”