Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Gonzaga Basketball
Sports >  Gonzaga basketball

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi named finalist for Jerry West Award

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 23, 2021

Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi drives against San Diego's Frankie Hughes during the second half of Saturday's game at the McCarthey Athletic Center.  (By Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi drives against San Diego's Frankie Hughes during the second half of Saturday's game at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (By Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi has been named a finalist for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Ayayi, a 6-foot-5 junior guard from France, is joined by Baylor’s MaCio Teague, Houston’s Quentin Grimes, Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp and Oregon’s Chris Duarte.

Ayayi recorded the first triple-double in program history with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists against Portland. His 14 assists rank second on GU’s single-game list. Ayayi’s 18 rebounds vs. Iowa were the most by a Zags guard since the program joined Division I in 1958-59.

Ayayi averages 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, the latter fourth in the West Coast Conference. His 2.19 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth.

Past West Award winners include Seton Hall’s Myles Powell in 2020, Duke’s RJ Barrett in 2019 and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards in 2018.

Fans can vote at hoophallawards.com beginning Friday.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Follow along with the Zags

Subscribe to our Gonzaga Basketball newsletter to stay up with the latest news.