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Ayo took Illinois to new heights. It’s time for the NBA

On Tuesday afternoon Ayo Dosunmu officially declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. While he had done that before, it was different this time around. Dosunmu was decked out in a sleek black suit with a white collared shirt and a black tie, and part of his announcement included confirmation that he had hired an agent — thus removing the amateur status next to his name.

Dosunmu committed to Illinois at the Jordan Store in downtown Chicago in October 2017, hammering home the in-state connection he holds with the Illini but also his goal of returning Illinois to where he believed it belongs: national prominence.