Illini in the NBA

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I haven't watched a full game since probably 2012 but I've been watching almost every game so far this season. This Bulls team is very fun to watch and Ayo playing just makes it that much better. I recommend dipping your toe back in the water some good matchups coming up!
I had not followed the Bulls since MJ. Started watching to follow Ayo. Priority to catch every game. And they play 3 to 4 times per week. Something to really look forward to. They play a fun game to watch. And Ayo seems to bring a spark to their game when he is in.
 
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Calillini

Now appearing in Tampa
Could not be happier or prouder of this young MAN
Talk about a role model
We got one here at every level, Chicago native, Illini, NBA future star, family oriented
Endorsements coming
 
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Not saying that Ayo will become another Bull like, ‘The Greatest Of All Time’ who also happened to play for the Bulls... BUT Ayo and ‘He’ share a very important quality: A passionate (obsessive?) desire to continuously improve all aspects of Their Game at all times and to be successful to the exclusion of anything standing in their way.

42 minutes. 67% field goal percentage. 50% 3-point percentage. 6 boards. 8 assists.

One day soon, Ayo will be THE face of the Chicago Bulls. (For some of us, he is already).

Bless you on your journey young man...
 
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Ayo makes honorable mention for best rookies in the 2021 season so far. Top 10 listed with summary and 3 honorable mention…so he is essentially the 13th best rookie so far if this article was the measuring stick.

I would say that’s pretty fair given his lack of playing time early and that he doesn’t score a ton of points…yet
 
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If Coby White wasn't deemed expendable prior to getting Covid, he almost definitely is now. Obviously, contract status plays a big role here. The Bulls need a big (with Williams going down) and White is their best chip. That chip becomes a lot more valuable if White is effective, so he's going to get tick when he's back. But make no bones about it: Ayo is ultimately taking his spot.

side note: how huge is the man crush Donovan has on Ayo?
 
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texillwek

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If Coby White wasn't deemed expendable prior to getting Covid, he almost definitely is now. Obviously, contract status plays a big role here. The Bulls need a big (with Williams going down) and White is their best chip. That chip becomes a lot more valuable if White is effective, so he's going to get tick when he's back. But make no bones about it: Ayo is ultimately taking his spot.

side note: how huge is the man crush Donovan has on Ayo?
Based on his comments all season, its on par with the fabled Matt Damon/Ben Affleck man crush. Hell, maybe even Rat Pack level!
 
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Ayo makes honorable mention for best rookies in the 2021 season so far. Top 10 listed with summary and 3 honorable mention…so he is essentially the 13th best rookie so far if this article was the measuring stick.

I would say that’s pretty fair given his lack of playing time early and that he doesn’t score a ton of points…yet

Another one taking notice of Ayo. Second Round Picks Turning Heads So Far
 
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If Coby White wasn't deemed expendable prior to getting Covid, he almost definitely is now. Obviously, contract status plays a big role here. The Bulls need a big (with Williams going down) and White is their best chip. That chip becomes a lot more valuable if White is effective, so he's going to get tick when he's back. But make no bones about it: Ayo is ultimately taking his spot.

side note: how huge is the man crush Donovan has on Ayo?
Agreed with the bolded. I think Donovan coming from the college ranks as a coach into the NBA I think has something to do with this in my opinion. Also, I believe Donovan respects and appreciates what Ayo is doing specifically around wanting to put in the work (asking for feedback from coaches and teammates), striving to contribute however and for whatever the team needs (defense, spark, tempo, etc), etc, etc, etc.

Note, I am a little bias towards Donovan because I did spend some years as an undergrad at the University of Florida when Donovan was the coach. :) I've always liked him as a coach and was really excited when he joined the Bulls.
 
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Agreed with the bolded. I think Donovan coming from the college ranks as a coach into the NBA I think has something to do with this in my opinion. Also, I believe Donovan respects and appreciates what Ayo is doing specifically around wanting to put in the work (asking for feedback from coaches and teammates), striving to contribute however and for whatever the team needs (defense, spark, tempo, etc), etc, etc, etc.

Note, I am a little bias towards Donovan because I did spend some years as an undergrad at the University of Florida when Donovan was the coach. :) I've always liked him as a coach and was really excited when he joined the Bulls.
It shouldn't be a bias for you....everyone who follows basketball should know Donovan is a heck of a coach and was a home run of a hire for the Bulls. To go from Jim Boylen to Donovan might even be a bigger step up than John Groce to Brad Underwood, though I suppose that's 1A to 1B and open to a good debate towards which of the two hires was a bigger step up. Been so great to see the relationship between Donovan and Ayo take off like it has.
 
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side note: how huge is the man crush Donovan has on Ayo?

We all hated how the Beloved quickly washed out of the Madness last season. It was shocking and disappointing. BUT...

It was a HUGE blessing in disguise. Ayo didn't have his best game and his draft stock slid as a result. And that fact is what allowed, 'YOUR CHICAGO BULLLLS!' to be able to grab him.

And that will bear long-term benefits for both Ayo, the Bulls franchise, and both as an ongoing National advertisement for Illini Basketball and all the young Chicago area ball talent of the future who will sit up and take notice of the benefits of staying home.
 
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