Gonzaga Bulldogs junior guard Joel Ayayi has been named as one of 10 players to the Jerry West Award Watch List. The award goes out to the best shooting guard in college hoops each year.
This is of no surprise to anyone watching Gonzaga basketball. Ayayi averages 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. His 3.50 assist-to-turnover ratio is top notch, and of course, he hauled in Gonzaga’s first program triple-double, with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists.
In short, if the basketball is anywhere on the court, there is a very good chance Ayayi has had a hand on it.
Players can play their way on and off the list throughout the season, but with how things have been rolling for Ayayi, we highly doubt that is going to happen.
Here is the 10 players on the mid-season watch list:
- Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
- MaCio Teague, Baylor
- James Bouknight, Connecticut
- Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga
- Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
- Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
- Cameron Thomas, LSU
- Franz Wagner, Michigan
- Chris Duarte, Oregon
- Jordan Goodwin, Saint Louis