Ayo supplies stout defense in Team USA's first game

Ayo supplies stout defense in Team USA's first game

ST. CATHERINES, Canada — Ayo Dosunmu made it clear during the U18 U.S. National Team tryouts that proving his worth as a defender was a matter of pride.

He made that even more clear during Sunday night's opening round of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, when the five-star recruit and Illinois signee supplied Team USA with a quick and controlled presence on defense in its 105-73 victory over Dominican Republic.

Dosunmu scored seven points with four assists and two rebounds, making 3 of 5 from the field as well as his lone free throw. His contributions, though, were undoubtedly more evident on the defensive end of the floor.

While Cole Anthony (18 points) and Tyrese Maxey (14) paced a balanced scoring attack, Dosunmu kept opponents flustered on defense with good ball pressure and quickness off the ball that could have an immediate impact once he joins Brad Underwood and Co. later this year.

One play in particular saw Dosunmu shut down an inbounds attempt from Antonio Bonilla Jr. and force a five-second violation, negating a prior turnover on a bad pass from Maxey and resulting in a Team USA bucket.

Dosunmu and Team USA will continue its pursuit of its fifth straight gold medal at 7:15 p.m. today against Panama.