Joel Ayayi Rumors

It was a French treat, served up to Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi on a silver platter moments after Gonzaga finished off Baylor 83-71 in the NCAA Tournament. Boris Diaw watched all 40 minutes of the Bulldogs’ second-round game Saturday in Salt Lake City. Then, to the surprise of GU’s small but proud French contingent, the 16-year pro – whose name is mentioned with the Tony Parkers, Ronny Turiafs and Rudy Goberts of France’s basketball landscape – meandered into the Bulldogs’ locker room.
“He’s big-time,” Ayayi said. “A lot of kids look up to him and me too, especially, because he was from my hometown. I met him pretty young, too, so it was pretty cool to see him today here, too.” Ayayi and Diaw both grew up in the seaside city of Bordeaux. When Ayayi was a child, a “Diaw” Phoenix Suns jersey bearing the player’s signature hung in his bedroom and replica basketballs that were autographed by Diaw sat on his dresser.