Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu responds to Hunter Dickinson comments, discusses lengthy stay in Indianapolis
Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu is gearing up for a potentially month-long stay in Indianapolis.
The Illini will play their first game in Indy during the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, March 11. If things go as planned for the Illini, they won’t be back home in Champaign until after the National Championship Game on April 5.
“I’m packing like I’ll be there for a month,” Dosunmu told reporters via Zoom on Wednesday afternoon.
Illinois is the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will likely be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when that field is announced on Sunday.
Dosunmu is averaging 20.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season. He’s likely to be a consensus first team All-American and is a strong candidate to win National Player of the Year.
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Dosunmu also briefly addressed comments made by Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson on Wednesday. Dickinson, in response to Illinois’ attempt to claim a share of the Big Ten crown, suggested that teams like Maryland and Penn State might also want to claim to be a champion. Michigan played three fewer games than Illinois due to COVID-19.
“I’m not going to give them no clout or nothing,” Dosunmu said. “He can have that. We’ll see him. He can have that.”
Illinois and Michigan have already met once this season — a dominant victory by the Illini on March 2. It’s possible the two teams will meet again in the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday.