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Illini coach expects Ayo Dosunmu to be first round NBA Draft pick

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We are one day away from the NBA Draft and the Illini's Ayo Dosunmu continued to improve his draft stock ahead of the draft. All eye will be watching and waiting to hear his name called.

Dosunmu was electric for the Illini his junior season, so it should come to no surprise that he's a hot name in the NBA Draft.

"Everything we've heard has been off the chart from the way he's conducted himself in interviews to his performance on the court, his testing," Brad Underwood, Illinois basketball head coach, said.

Ayo left the Illini with the numerous titles including USA Today National Player of the Year and First Team All-American. But soon his coach fully anticipates the 6-5 guard to add another title --- first round NBA Draft pick.

"I don't think there's any doubt he'll be a first round pick," Underwood said. "We'll have to see.. but we know he's going to be a first round pick. There's probably not enough adjectives to describe how happy I am for Ayo."

Ayo would be the first Illini player drafted since Meyers Leonard was drafted at number 11 in 2012. The guard is expected to be drafted in the mid to late first round, putting in the work to be there.

"That's attributed to how hard he works, how he's developed, how he's matured over the course of time," said Underwood.

When Ayo came to the orange and blue the team wasn't highlighting the national stage. But he helped change that. Paving the way for the younger generation of Illini.

"It's huge for our program to see a guy that came here, believed in us when we were not winning, to become a 1 seed, to change his body and develop into one of the great players of all of college basketball," Underwood said.

Sara Palczewski

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