Ehh...I'm not going to claim I "thought" he would be, but I never thought he was definitely an NBA player. I honestly wouldn't have been surprised had he been a 4-year guy.
I bet there was someone on here that posted that at some point.
There are the obvious questions about Ayo being an NBA guy. He has never shown plus playmaking, passing, athleticism, or shooting. I DO think he is going to be a pro because of his hard work and his size, but there are definitely legit questions that have always been there.
This is NOT me saying that I called him being here 3 years!
Ball went 3 and he struggles to shoot the ball. I am shocked Ayo returned because this draft is incredibly weak. It tells you how much he loves the school and how he wants to leave his legacy. I expect him to be a killer this year. I’m interested to see the 2022 PGs we go after. Is there any names out there already?? Is Drane from Simeon good enough to get an offer?I was listening to a sports radio guy talk about this year's draft, and thought it was interesting to hear his thoughts on the Pistons (7th pick) getting a PG. He said a PG that doesn't shoot the 3 ball well is a non-starter UNLESS that guy is a killer in the open court, can get to the rim, and makes other guys play faster.
To me Ayo with improved range is a Shai-Gilgeous Alexander type player - which is a very good player and better than Lonzo Ball now. Lonzo though has a chance to be good, but I don't know if he has the will to want too.Ball is a magician with the Basketball. He throws Magic Johnson type passes. I am not a fan of his, but he has so much hype. Ayo should be a first rounder next year.
They were talking about LaMelo not Lonzo, although Lonzo did go second, so it seems like Ayo should definitely be able to move up into the lottery if he improves in the right areasTo me Ayo with improved range is a Shai-Gilgeous Alexander type player - which is a very good player and better than Lonzo Ball now. Lonzo though has a chance to be good, but I don't know if he has the will to want too.
I wasn't shocked to see Ayo left off of NBA draft projections this year. That killer end-of-game mentality we saw in previous years wasn't there until half way through the B1G season last year. Not having a post-season really hurt him as he lost the chance for the world to see how he can carry a team, especially with his clutch play at the end of the game. I believe this year will be different and the Ayo that we've all grown to love will be front and center all season. I wouldn't be surprised to see him be a lottery pick next year.
The Mac contingency plan emerges...
Not surprising really. We are B1G Man U after all.