The 21-year-old averaged 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 57.5 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from three-point range for Gonzaga last season. All of those tools came together perfectly in a Final Four matchup against UCLA when he dropped 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting with six rebounds.
However, the Frenchman was just one piece in a monster Bulldogs lineup featuring NBA prospects such as Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert and Andrew Nembhard.
Ayayi has shown he can make the most of a rotation teeming with star power in college, and now he'll get the opportunity to prove it in the NBA with Los Angeles.
Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Joel Ayayi
Pro Comparison: Theo Maledon
Scouting Report: Scouts see Ayayi finding NBA success playing the same role he played at Gonzaga, where he handled in ball-screen situtations, made open shots, cut and rebounded.
Russell Westbrook, PG: $44.2M (2023)
LeBron James, SF: $42.8M (2023)
Anthony Davis, PF: $38M (2025)
Marc Gasol, C: $2.6M (2022)
Alfonzo McKinnie, SF: $1.8M (2023)
Dennis Schroder, PG: UFA
Wesley Matthews, SG: UFA
Alex Caruso, SG: UFA
Jared Dudley, SF: UFA
Markieff Morris, PF: UFA
Talen Horton-Tucker, SG: RFA
Andre Drummond, C: UFA
Ben McLemore, SF: UFA
Kostas Antetokounmpo, PF: RFA
Devontae Cacok, C: RFA
Ayayi has enough talent to stick around in the league as long as his development continues on its current path.