Suns Select Deandre Ayton With Top Pick

The Phoenix Suns made University of Arizona big man Deandre Ayton the first top overall pick in franchise history.  Ayton played his lone college season in Tucson and garnered Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year awards while averaging over 20 points, 11.6 rebounds, nearly two blocks per game for the Wildcats. 

The 7-foot-1, 260-pound 19-year-old is originally from the Bahamas but played at local Phoenix Hillcrest Prep Academy.  He was selected to the 2017 McDonald's All-American Team.  

Scouting Report:

Ayton is a physically dominating force, with athleticism to match his strong physique.  Dominant force at the basket, Ayton has a mid-range game, as well, and shot 74% from the free-throw line.  Defensively, Ayton is great on the boards,  but despite his 7-foot-5 wingspan, isn't a great shot blocker.  Some scouts and coaches wonder about Ayton's work ethic, but in the end, the 19-year-old possess supreme offensive skills that he haven't seen from a player his size in some time. 

 

Ayton joins the Suns' young core of Devin Booker and last year's fourth overall selection, Josh Jackson.

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