Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmo is looking forward to having a terrific sophomore season. Dosunmo had a solid rookie season, playing 77 games and averaging 8.8 points. He is expected to play an even more prominent role on the team this year, with starting point guard Lonzo Ball set to miss the start of the season.
After getting selected by the Bulls with the 38th pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, not many expected to see much of the Illinois product, especially with the team's loaded backcourt. However, when injuries struck rotation players such as Ball, Alex Caruso, and Coby White, Dosunmo was thrust into a more significant role than expected. He made the most of his opportunity, appearing in 77 games (starting 40) while averaging nearly nine points, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per contest.
With Ball set to miss at least the first few weeks of the season as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery, Dosunmo is again in line for increased playing time. And he sounds ready to make the most of it.
"You can just expect me to just come out and just be better. Try to be better in every aspect because I watched a lot of film. I did a lot of studying on my game on how I can prepare myself to be better," said Dosunmo on the show "What's Up Cuz??"
"Yes, you can just expect me to go out there and try to do what I always do: play the right way, defend, score, facilitate, and just be a better version of myself," he added.
Dosunmo's development will be one of the key storylines to watch for the Bulls this season. They will be counting on him to help fill the void left by Ball's absence. If he can build on his strong rookie campaign, Chicago could have another young building block to complement its core of Demar Derozan, Zach LaVine, and Nicola Vucevic.
Despite his success, the All-Rookie Second Team member said he continues to soak up everything he can from the team's vets, especially the explosive All-Star backcourt tandem of Derozan and LaVine.
"They did a great job of helping me develop because they always told me the real. You know I asked a lot of questions. That's one thing about me. From day one of training camp last year, I was asking them so many questions and they always gave me the honest answer even during the season."
Dosunmo will look to carry that development into his sophomore season as the Bulls aim to build on their surprising playoff run from a year ago. If he can take another step forward, Chicago could have another dangerous weapon in its quest to make noise in the Eastern Conference.