Dosunmu, who won second-team All-Big Ten honors last season, was expected by many to keep his name in the draft after entering the spring. However, there was a good chance he wouldn’t be drafted, and he was ranked No.80 in ESPN’s NBA Draft rankings.Chicago’s 6-foot-5 goaltender, Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points and 3.3 assists last season, establishing himself as one of the most attractive players in the country. He hit big shots late against Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State, among others. He will be considered for All-America preseason honors and Big Ten Player of the Year before next season.
With Dosunmu back in the fold, Illinois is now awaiting draft NBA decision from booming sophomore Kofi Cockburn. Cockburn has until Monday evening to withdraw his name and return to Champaign.
If Cockburn returns, coach Brad Underwood will have a Big Ten title contender and a potential team in the preseason top 10. The Fighting Illini will make five players who started at least 22 games last season, while also adding one of the best recruiting classes in the conference. Top 50 goaltenders Adam Miller and Andre Curbelo will look to make an immediate impact in what should be an elite backcourt, while four-star forward Coleman Hawkins has had a strong senior season.