Deandre Ayton chooses Arizona, but will he ever play for the Wildcats?
- Author: Anthony Vega Sep 07, 2016,
Sep 07, 2016, 3:02
Ayton is the first player with a No. 1 overall recruiting ranking to choose Arizona.
While Kansas had always been considered the frontrunner, Sean Miller and the Wildcats were the sleeper as the home team.
He averaged 29.2 points, 16.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game for the Bruins last season as a high school junior. As of last winter, only Kansas was recruiting him, with many schools fearing that Ayton wouldn't be able to get eligible through the NCAA's clearinghouse.
Ayton is a graceful athlete for a 7-footer, blessed with a strong 245-pound frame, a 7'5.5 wingspan and touch from all over the floor.
While Ayton can learn to play harder, it's not a problem by any means, although ideally he'll ultimately spend more time around the basket because of his dominance there when he stays in the paint, but both of those issues are very easily fixable. Due to his impressive frame, Ayton is a force on the glass and can block shots at an alarming rate. He competes at the high school level for a team called Hillcrest Prep in the Phoenix area, but Hillcrest is not a school; its players attend an affiliated school.
After leaving his family behind and making the move from the Bahamas to America in 2011, it didn't take long for DeAndre Ayton to emerge as the top prospect in the United States.
At one point, it had been suggested Ayton would not enter college basketball but instead would play professionally overseas and then enter the 2018 draft.
"My mom wants me to go to college so I have to go", he told Zagsblog. "I really want to win a national championship, to be honest". "I knew what I wanted".