'I need that national championship' - Ayo Dosunmu Returns To Illini 

Matthew Stevens

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu announced via a video on Twitter Friday evening that he’s withdrawing his name from NBA draft consideration and will return to college basketball for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

Among being selected as the Illinois’ Male Athlete of the Year for the 2019-20 academic year, Dosunmu was also named a first-team All-Big Ten selection this past season while leading Illinois to a 21-10 overall record and a top four finish in the league standings. He averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.5 minutes per contest.

Dosunmu’s decision to return is the first of two draft decisions facing the Illini program. Dosunmu's announced to return for his junior year immediately makes the the 2020-21 Illinois roster into what could be one of the program’s most talented roster since the 2004-05 team that was ranked No. 1 in the polls and reached the national championship game.