Updated as of 12/26/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Redshirt Junior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Decent scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Very good rebounder
Decent defender that can get steals
Above average athlete
Needs to improve his shooting
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Does not draw many free throws
Can struggle to score in traffic
Unselfish to a fault
Can have lapses defensively
Overshadowed by his higher profile teammates
Joel Ayayi is an athletic, skilled swingman whose versatile skill set could allow him to thrive as a role player at the next level. He had a solid sophomore season at Gonzaga, and played very well in his team’s win against Kansas this year. Though he has flown under the radar as a draft prospect, he could be a player to keep an eye on, as he could swiftly move up draft boards if he keeps playing well this season.
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