Following a season in which many projected him for development in the G League and instead produced the fourth-most minutes on the Chicago Bulls, Ayo Dosunmu fielded a question about whether he would play summer league.
“I don’t know,” Dosunmu said in late April following his exit meeting with the coaching staff and management. “Hopefully, I do. I would like to.”
And there it is. There’s the mindset — always pushing, always looking to improve — that propelled the Morgan Park High School and University of Illinois product throughout a surprisingly productive rookie season.
There’s the makeup that helped Dosunmu earn All-Rookie second-team honors in voting announced Wednesday night.
Dosunmu finished with two first- and 71 second-team votes for 75 points, the ninth-most among the rookie class. He joined Herbert Jones, Josh Giddey, Bones Hyland and Chris Duarte on the second team. The first team was comprised of Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Franz Wagner and Jalen Green.
He’s the third straight Bull to land on the All-Rookie second team, following Coby White and Patrick Williams. Williams and Dosunmu represent the first two draft picks under the management regime headed by executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas.
After surprisingly falling to the second round in last year’s NBA draft, Dosunmu quickly earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff with an inquisitive nature and tough-mindedness that allowed him to rarely seem fazed by big moments.
Overall, Dosunmu averaged 8.8…