Ajayi off to Gonzaga after big year at Pepperdine

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Pepperdine transfer Michael Ajayi has committed to Gonzaga, he announced Tuesday via social media.

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

The 6-foot-7 wing only 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 range.

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 against Pacific and then 14 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to San Diego.

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

Ajayi is one of three Pepperdine starters to leave the program, with Houston Mallette and Jevon Porter also transferring. Mallette committed last week to play at Alabama next season.

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