#1 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 245 POUNDS
HIGH SCHOOL: HILLCREST ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
CHOSE ARIZONA OVER: KANSAS, KENTUCKY, AMONG MANY OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Of all the high school players that we have evaluated in the past 2 years, there are a handful that seem to have the “IT” factor. When you watch these players perform, you get a feeling that they will become a special basketball player. These players are rare and when they come along you have to watch them play. DeAndre Ayton fits into this category.
It is no secret that there is a lack of quality big-men in the college and NBA ranks. This is a big reason why the NBA game has become more of a guard/wing type of game. However, all teams are always searching for that one center who can change a game with his play. Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats hit the lottery and landed the best high school basketball player in the class of 2017.
We believe Ayton is the best high school center prospect since Greg Oden went to Ohio State in 2006 and became the 1st overall pick in 2007. After evaluating Ayton’s game, in our opinion, he is a better overall prospect then Oden.
The 7’0″ future Arizona Wildcat is an extremely impressive looking player. His athleticism for a player his size is unmatched at the high school level. He glides up and down the floor like a point guard. He can hit the mid-range jump shot with consistency. He shows a nice touch around the rim and has the makings of a little jump-hook. We would like him to make this shot consistently as it will make him more of an inside/outside player and harder to defend at the offensive end of the floor.
Ayton is one of the more bouncier players we have ever evaluated for a player his size. He gets off the floor in a split second for rebounds and dunks. Unlike most young big-men, the center already has a solid looking body as he currently weighs around 245 pounds. We can see him eventually gaining 25-30 pounds in the future without losing any of his athleticism. He also sports a 7.5-wingspan.
The big-man has all the tools to become one of the best rebounders in college basketball next season and eventually the NBA in time. His agility and lateral quickness is good enough where he should be able to guard PF/C.
There are some areas where he will need to improve upon before he heads off to Arizona. When evaluating his films, he tends to drift outside of the lane and settles for jump-shots too often. We would like to see him play with more of a competitive fire. The game probably comes so easy for him because of his natural skills and ability where he can get away with it in high school. Ayton, who was born in the Bahamas, will need to develop some post up moves not only for college but when he gets to the NBA, presumably after 1 year at Arizona.
It is very rare to evaluate a player so big with so much natural talent and athletic ability. When comparing him to an NBA player, he reminds us of a young Kevin Garnett when the future Hall of Famer entered the NBA out of high school in 1995. We consider the 2017 NBA Draft to be one of the most talented since 2003 as there are a handful of potential NBA All-Stars who will be in it.
In our opinion, Ayton would surpass all those players and be the 1st overall pick if he was eligible. He is that talented who is just scratching the surface of his enormous potential. If all goes according to plan, DeAndre Ayton will have a dominant freshmen year at Arizona. He will then declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and become the number 1 overall pick. He is the type of player that NBA scouts and general managers dream of selecting. He has all the makings of becoming the face of an NBA franchise in time.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF DeANDRE AYTON
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