Decision looming for Dosunmu

Decision looming for Dosunmu

Ayo Dosunmu starts an official visit to Illinois on Friday. The five-star point guard out of Morgan Park could make his college choice after narrowing it down to UI and Wake Forest late Sunday. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down his options:

Why Illinois?

On any list of Illini recruiting priorities, Dosunmu's name has been at the top. Brad Underwood runs a guard-friendly offense, and even with several already on the roster Illinois has made it clear it wants the state's top player.

Things could change (who saw Mark Smith coming?), but Dosunmu is the early leader for Illinois Mr. Basketball. He could add his name to the list of Chicago-area standouts like Nick Anderson, Deon Thomas and Dee Brown that turned into Illini stars.

Dosunmu's size (a long-armed 6-foot-4) and skill set (slasher with a developing three-point shot) would make him another versatile guard in the Illini backcourt and allow him to play on or off the ball.

Why Wake Forest?

Dosunmu only has to look at Bryant Crawford's career to see what Danny Manning can do with point guards. Last season, Crawford became the first Demon Deacon since Chris Paul to average better than 15 points and five assists.

Manning might not boast the career coaching record Underwood does, but he's turned both Tulsa and Wake Forest into NCAA tournament teams and can show Dosunmu exactly what his system looks like at Wake.

Adding Dosunmu would put an already strong 2018 recruiting class over the top for the Demon Deacons currently ranked ninth in the nation. Playing with four-star wings Jaylen Hoard and Isaiah Mucius could be appealing.