Morgan Park's Ayo Dosunmu makes All-American statement at NBPA Top 100 Camp


Morgan Park's Ayo Dosunmu makes All-American statement at NBPA Top 100 Camp

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The goal for Ayo Dosunmu entering the NBPA Top 100 Camp was simple. 

Already regarded as the top high school basketball player in the Illinois rising senior class, the Morgan Park guard made it his personal mission to dominate the other point guards in his class at the camp while elevating his stock for next year's McDonald's All-American Game.

The Land of Lincoln hasn't had a representative in high school basketball's marquee all-star game the last two years. Dosunmu is determined to change that. 

Based on his stellar play at national camps during the month of June, Dosunmu has now put himself in serious position to be a Burger Boy if he continues to trend in this type of direction.

"That's my goal," Dosunmu told CSN Chicago about the McDonald's Game.

"I like to play fearless and just come out and compete. At the end of the day, these top 100 players across the country, it's a measuring stick. So I just try to come out here and compete hard."

One of the camp's elite scorers over the course of four days at the University of Virginia, Dosunmu went head-to-head against a who's who of elite national point guards. It seemed like every matchup Dosunmu played in, he had to compete against another top-50 national prospect also gunning for higher national status. 

As one of the camp's leading scorers at 13.3 points per game, Dosunmu certainly made his impact felt. Shooting 61 percent from the floor, Dosunmu was nearly impossible to contain off-the-dribble as he did pretty much whatever he wanted going to the rim. Also knocking down six of his first seven three-pointers at the event, Dosunmu also showed an improved perimeter jumper that he's been working on thanks to around 500 shots a day that he's been taking.

In one particularly memorable battle against five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley -- the highest-rated point guard in the camp -- Dosunmu more than held his own as he played the Baltimore native to a relative draw. Things also got chippy between the two. That usually doesn't happen in national camp settings. 

But Dosunmu and Quickley had to be warned by officials for physical play just over a minute into the game. After numerous possessions that involved bumps, subtle jabs, borderline arm-bars and icey staredowns, Dosunmu and Quickley were both whistled for a double technical foul during the second half. Of the 12 games watched by CSN at the camp, they were the only techs whistled the entire time.

Quickley tried to punk Dosunmu a bit by seeing if physical play would bother him, but Dosunmu responded with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Dosunmu opened a lot of eyes nationally with the way he played against Quickley. 

"I want to come out and compete and just go at everybody who is ahead of me," Dosunmu said. "Show that there's no friends on the court. And to let people know I'm coming for them."

"The play of Ayo Dosunmu at the camp should not have come as a surprise as he has continued his ascent up the charts as an elite, top-25 recruit," national recruiting analyst Corey Evans told CSN. "Leaving Virginia, Dosunmu has solidified his standing as a top point guard prospect in 2018. And thanks to his competitive grit, he has the chance to continue to rise within the rankings."

While Dosunmu has been busy traveling all over the country during a busy June national camp season -- he also played in the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp outside of Los Angeles earlier in the month -- he's also trying to navigate an increasingly hectic recruiting schedule.

Kansas recently stepped up with a scholarship offer for Dosunmu while schools like Creighton, Illinois, N.C. State, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Xavier remain heavily in the picture. Dosunmu is also open to other schools entering the mix as he hasn't formed any kind of cut list.

The next few months, Dosunmu is hoping to take unofficial visits to see most of the schools currently involved for him as he starts with a scheduled unofficial visit to Illinois and new head coach Brad Underwood on Tuesday.

Dosunmu has been to the Illinois campus once before, and Illini assistant coach Ronald "Chin" Coleman has recruited him for a few years while he was an assistant at UIC, but Dosunmu is hoping to get a better feel for what Underwood is about during the visit.

"Coach Underwood and Coach Coleman, they've been wanting me to get up there a long time, take a visit there," Dosunmu said of Illinois. 

"I just want to be able to sit down and talk with Coach Underwood about the future. What he would have planned for me if I come there. I knew Coach Coleman for a long time; he offered me at UIC. But, yeah, Coach Underwood, I have to sit down and talk to and build a better relationship with him. And overall, just feel the vibe that we have. And if the vibe connects, then at the end of the day, that could be very possible that I go there."

Things are moving very quickly for Dosunmu right now, both on and off the court, but this is also the start of an important summer that will test him with unique challenges nearly every week.

After June comes the all-important July live evaluation period as Dosunmu will have a chance to play in front of college coaches and national scouts at more national events. 

Knowing that there's an even bigger target on his back doesn't seem to bother Dosunmu one bit. He's thriving under the pressure and enjoying everything that's happening during his coast-to-coast mission to earn national respect.

"I feel like there's a bullseye on my back. But the way I motivate myself is to always put a bullseye on somebody else's back," Dosunmu said. "I always take motivation from somebody else. So if somebody is chasing me, I'm chasing someone else. It's always a race."

Simeon's Talen Horton-Tucker preparing for important senior season

Simeon's Talen Horton-Tucker preparing for important senior season

Simeon senior Talen Horton-Tucker is already regarded as one of the state's most versatile players. Now the 6-foot-5 wing is hoping to become a high-profile national recruit during a busy spring and summer on the grassroots circuit.

After a strong junior season at Simeon in which he helped the Wolverines to a runner-up finish in Class 4A, Horton-Tucker will be asked to do even more this season now that point guard Evan Gilyard has moved on to college. Horton-Tucker is hoping that his versatility will pay off in the national recruiting landscape as he's currently weighing scholarship offers from multiple high-major programs. 

This July will be particularly important for Horton-Tucker's recruitment when he plays in front of the college coaches during the July live evaluation period. 

A strong candidate for first-team All-Area in the preseason, Horton-Tucker can guard multiple spots on the defensive end while also being able to play on or off the ball on the offensive end. That ability to play any position enables Simeon and head coach Robert Smith to play Horton-Tucker with a number of unique lineups next season. 

If Horton-Tucker can consistently knock down perimeter jumpers then he has a strong chance to finish in the Player of the Year discussion as he'll be one of Simeon's best players this upcoming season.

Larkin's Jalen Shaw Ready to Prove Himself on Bigger Stage

Larkin's Jalen Shaw Ready to Prove Himself on Bigger Stage

Larkin senior big man Jalen Shaw is riding a huge wave of confidence entering this summer.

Ever since leading the Royals to a sectional title game appearance in Class 4A in March, the 6-foot-10 big man has been generating a lot of buzz for his play on the grassroots circuit.

With an emerging offensive skill level, Shaw has a chance to be an All-Area candidate this season as he might be the most talented post player in the area next season. A gifted passer for his size, Shaw is starting to adjust to constant double teams and additional attention from opposing defenses.

Shaw will get a major opportunity to test his skills against some of the nation's elite this week when he goes to Virginia to participate in the NBPA Top 100 Camp. Between the national camps and a July playing in front of college coaches, it'll be intriguing to see how Shaw plays over the next few weeks.

Larkin also has a chance to be a top-25 staple next season thanks to a solid group of returning players. Between Shaw and aggressive attacking guard Anthony Lynch, Larkin has a lot of potential scoring pop in its starting lineup and they're coming off of a surprise season in which they had a great run in the postseason.