Thursday, May 26

Joel Ayayi: Gonzaga’s Forgotten Basketball Hero

Mark Few just wasn’t sure. He went back and forth, back and forth, watching the new guard go through practice. Yes, Gonzaga’s male coach could see the talent, the versatility, the flashes that made Joel Ayayi a legitimate prospect at the French sports institute. But Ayayi had come to school early, in 2017, freshly led France to third place in the European Under-18 Championships. He was young, slim, and, by his own admission, overwhelmed. “Initially, I didn’t know I would be good enough to play here,” Few says frankly four years later.

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