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Zags_Fanatic
02-23-2017, 01:07 PM
ESPN has an Insider article looking at potential high-major talent from overseas and Gonzaga was mentioned as being involved with just one of them, 16 year old Frenchman Joel Ayayi. Sounds like a tremendous guard prospect with some serious height. I haven't heard any chatter about him until this article, anybody have any inside info?

Here is the blurb from the article:


Joel Ayayi, France

Perhaps the best guard prospect in this group, Ayayi is 6-foot-5, and he continues to get better at the point guard spot. He averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists at the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship, and also averaged 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament despite starting only one game. In that one game, the final, Ayayi had 19 points and six rebounds. “He’s improving at a fast pace,” one NBA scout said. “Looks the part of a legitimate NBA prospect, but a late-bloomer.” Gonzaga is reportedly involved, although he can play at the highest levels.

DraftExpress Profile:
http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Joel-Ayayi-97191/

FIBA U16 Highlights:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0DNQIKYlqE

DraftExpress Interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sImSwsRj0SA

TexasZagFan
02-23-2017, 01:11 PM
Looks the part of a legitimate NBA prospect, but a late-bloomer.” Gonzaga is reportedly involved, although he can play at the highest levels.

Bulletin board material for the Zags...that statement is so ridiculous it's hilarious!

Zags_Fanatic
02-23-2017, 01:13 PM
Bulletin board material for the Zags...that statement is so ridiculous it's hilarious!

That's a quote from an NBA scout so I think he is comparing Gonzaga to high-level professional euro teams vs. playing the NCAA.

TexasZagFan
02-23-2017, 01:15 PM
That's a quote from an NBA scout so I think he is comparing Gonzaga to high-level professional euro teams vs. playing the NCAA.

Thanks for the clarification, that makes perfect sense.

cggonzaga
02-23-2017, 01:43 PM
Hmm...maybe as a fallback option. Brandon Williams is the prize at the pg position.

ProVeeZag
02-23-2017, 01:46 PM
Bulletin board material for the Zags...that statement is so ridiculous it's hilarious!

I took it the same way. No slack here...