Ajayi off to Gonzaga after big year at Pepperdine

  • (img src=”https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=%2Fphoto%2F2024%2F0327%2Fr1310582_1296x729_16%2D9.jpg”alt=”” )(img src=” https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/columnists/full/borzello_jeff.png&h=80&w=80&scale=crop “alt=””width =”40” height =”40″/)Jeff Borzello, ESPN Personnel WriterMar 26, 2024, 11:04 PM ET Close Basketball recruiting insider.

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Pepperdine transfer Michael Ajayi has dedicated to Gonzaga, he announced Tuesday through social networks.

Ajayi, from Washington, entered the transfer website this month.

The 6-foot-7 wing just spent one season at Pepperdine after transferring from Pierce College (Washington), but he earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors after averaging 17.2 points and 9.9 rebounds while shooting 47% from 3-point variety.

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( img src=”https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/photo/2024/0326/r1310227_1296x1296_1-1.jpg&w=130&h=130&scale=crop&location=center” width=”65″ height=”65″ /) He was terrific down the stretch of the season, going for 30 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Pacific in late February. In the WCC tournament, Ajayi had 21 points and 17 boards in a win versus Pacific and then 14 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to San Diego.

He likewise held his own against quality opposition in the nonconference part of the schedule, scoring 31 points against UNLV and 25 versus Indiana State. In two losses to Gonzaga, Ajayi balanced 10.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.

Ajayi is one of 3 Pepperdine beginners to leave the program, with Houston Mallette and Jevon Porter likewise moving. Mallette devoted last week to play at Alabama next season.

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