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Bulls’ Ayo Dosunmu is having a moment

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_


Is it just us or is Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu shining a little brighter lately?

The Chicago native had a career-high 24 points, set a franchise rookie record by hitting nine consecutive shots from the floor, and scored that impressive half-court buzzer beater Monday. 

He has seen more playing time alongside MVP contender DeMar DeRozan as teammates continue to cycle on and off the court with injuries. (DeRozan took Monday off for some R&R while Zach LaVine and Javonte Green returned.) 

And Dosunmu has been taking notes: His mid-range jumpers this week resembled that of the four-time All-Star, according to the Chicago Tribune

It’s not just the 22-year-old’s technical versatility that is impressive, it’s his attitude, too. He’s the “epitome of a Chicago kid,” DeRozan said.

The University of Illinois and Morgan Park High School alum’s mom told the Chicago Sun-Times that she’s especially glad experienced teammates like DeRozan have taken Dosunmu under their wings.

Something about watching the vet mentor the rookie pulls at our heartstrings. DeRozan trekked to Champaign to watch Dosunmu’s college jersey get retired, and the Athletic dubbed Dosunmu the “DeRozan Whisperer.” Cute, right? 🥺

DeRozan and Dosunmu shake hands and smile in their red uniforms.
DeMar DeRozan and Ayo Dosunmu after the second buzzer-beater win Jan. 1. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson tells City Cast more about DeRozan’s leadership: “He knows the rhythms of an NBA season and that presence, it translates to other players young and old throughout the franchise.”

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