By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Phoenix Suns will select center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This is the first-time the Suns held the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Ayton, who is from the Nassau, Bahamas, will get to continue his career in the State of Arizona. He briefly attended Balboa City School in San Diego, California before transferring to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.
He also played one season at the University of Arizona before declaring for the NBA Draft. While at Arizona, he was a consensus first-team All-American.
Ayton also won the Karl Malone Award and was named the PAC-12 Player of the Year. He was also named the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year.
The 19-year-old is 7-foot-1, 260 pounds. He is expected to be a center/power forward for the Suns.
He’s expected to be mentored by Tyson Chandler, 35, will be entering the final year of the four-year, $52 million he signed with the team. He is due to make nearly $14 million this season.
The Suns also have Alex Len and Alan Williams has backup big men.
While at the University of Arizona, he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He was also their Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Ayton was a First-Team All-Pac 12 selection, as well as a consensus first-team All-American. He also received the Karl Malone Award this past season.
As a freshman with the Wildcats under head coach Sean Miller, he averaged 20.1 points, with 11.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game.
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