Aina Ayuso, a freshman guard for the Oregon women’s basketball team, has become a viral sensation in recent months thanks to her slick handles and easy dismantling of opponents. Ayuso hails from Sant Just Desvern, Spain and played high school basketball at Segle XXI in Barcelona with Ducks teammate Maite Cazorla.
Ayuso, who played for the Spanish national team, has received plenty of praise from Ducks head coach Kelly Graves.
“Aina is widely considered one of the best point guards in the world,” Graves said, according to the Ducks official website. “She is so skilled both as a penetrator and as a shooter. Aina has been a mainstay in the Spanish national team program and one of its most productive players. Aina is very cerebral and competitive and has elite vision for a scoring point guard.”
Ayuso’s breakout clip came against Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament when she ruthlessly broke opponents ankles en route to draining a floater in the paint.
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Here are some of her contributions overseas:
Played for Spain in the FIBA U19 World Championship, FIBA U18 European Championship and the FIBA U18 3-on-3 Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2017…Averaged 6.7 points 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in the 2017 U18 Euros…Also played for Spain in the FIBA U16 European Championship in 2015 and the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2016, where she averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Ayuso went viral once again during the NCAA Women’s Tournament by once again clowning a defender.
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Just ruthless. Ayuso and the No. 2 seed Ducks return to the court on Saturday when they participate in the Sweet 16. We’ll have to see what highlight she can pull off next.