DeAndre Ayton Biography, Age, Basketball, College, Arizona and Highlights

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DeAndre Ayton Biography

DeAndre Ayton is a Bahamian basketball player who plays professionally for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ayton played for the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Conference in the 2017–18 season and was a consensus five-star prospect in the Class of 2017, as well as a McDonald’s All-American. He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Suns.

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Deandre was discovered at a youth camp before spending two high school seasons in San Diego. His family (mother and two siblings) moved to Phoenix where he joined Hillcrest, a prep school known as a “basketball finishing school” for his junior and senior years.

DeAndre Ayton Age

Ayton was born on 23rd July 1998 in Nassau, Bahamas. He is 20 years old as of 2018.

DeAndre Ayton Family

Ayton was born in Nassau, Bahamas in a family of five. His father is a Nigerian by the name, Alvin Ayton while his mother, Andrea Ayton, is a Bahamian of Jamaican descent.

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He attended Balboa City School in San Diego, California and started on the varsity basketball team for two years. He was a sophomore in the 2014–15 season, led Balboa to a 17-14 record, averaging 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Ayton afflicted up double-doubles in 21 of 22 regular season games. That summer, he had an average of 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game for Supreme Court AAU (California) on the Under Armour circuit. Later he transferred from Balboa City School.

As a junior in 2015–16, Ayton was elected to transfer to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona for two more years, When he was in high school that yea, he became teammates with another top-tier Class of 2017 player in 2018’s #2 pick Marvin Bagley III. Throughout his junior year, he has an average of 29.2 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.8 blocks per game.

When he became a senior in 2016–17, Ayton led Hillcrest to a 33-6 record and national rankings across multiple outlets while averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. When representing the World Select team, Ayton played at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, chipping in with eight points to go along with seven rebounds.

DeAndre Ayton College |Arizona

Ayton played in public for the first time with the University of Arizona on November 10, 2017, recording 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a 101–67 win over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Ayton’s 19 points was 7th most for a Freshman in an Arizona debut. On December 9, 2017, he recorded what was, at the time, a season-high 29 points and 18 rebounds in an 88–82 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

On December 30, 2017, against the in-state rival Arizona State Sun Devils, Atyon recorded 19 rebounds, which would be a season-high at the time. On January 20, 2018, game against Stanford, he blocked 6 shots, which tied him for most in Arizona Freshman single game history. Ayton had also recorded 17 20-point games and 23 double-doubles through 34 games. Still, while Ayton had some great successes during his freshman season, there were also controversies mired during his last few months there.

On February 23, 2018, a reported FBI wiretap disclosed that Arizona’s head coach, Sean Miller, apparently talked with Christian Dawkins a key figure involved in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball corruption scandal to discuss paying Ayton $100,000 to enable him to enter the university, with the monetary situation being dealt with directly to him.

Even though Miller would not be coaching the next game a day later against Oregon assistant coach Lorenzo Romar would replace Miller that night, Ayton was still allowed to play that day as the starting center., Ayton would record 28 points, 18 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the overtime loss to Oregon in that game. The wiretapped conversation reportedly occurred in 2016, when he was still attending the Hillcrest Prep Academy.

On October 11, 2018, a government official disclosed a now-former Adidas consultant named T.J. Gassnola gave currently unknown amount of money to Ayton’s family via Christian Dawkins in order to attend some Adidas sponsored programs. On March 3, 2018, after their last regular season home game against California, where he would record 26 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in a 66–54 win over California, head coach Sean Miller honored Ayton, as well as underclassmen Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier, with confirmations that they’d all be entering the 2018 NBA Draft at the end of this season.

Ayton would record a career-high 32 points with 14 rebounds in a 78–67 overtime win against UCLA on March 9. He would also tie that career-high points the next day alongside grabbing 18 rebounds in the Pac-12 Championship game against USC, where the Wildcats won 75–61. He would be named the Pac-12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player during the event.

During the end of the regular season, Ayton was named both the Pac-12’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, as well as become a member of the All-Pac-12 first team in terms of both regular voting and voting through the Associated Press and be named the winner of the Karl Malone Award. Ayton was also voted a consensus first-team All-American.

Besides, Ayton was one of three freshman to be a part of the All-American First Team, joining Marvin Bagley III and Trae Young for the most consensus freshmen First Team members in a season. Due to Arizona’s upset loss to the University at Buffalo in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Ayton reported his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, where he is expected to be a top-tier lottery selection, if not the potential #1 draft pick. On April 26, 2018, it was announced that he had signed with agent Nima Namakian of BDA Sports.

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Ayton was first investigated by an Annual Bahamian basketball magazine called the Bahamian Basketball Yearbook. At the age of 12, Ayton was scouted by the All Bahamian Brand who were visiting Bahamas Academy High School, a tiny private school then located on Wulff Road in Nassau.

The investigations came when Ayton, a tuba and soccer player, was at band practice, rather than basketball practice, but were impressed by his 6’5″ frame. For Ayton to properly train for basketball, Ayton had to work part-time jobs to pay the $100 necessary for training camp. Ayton later moved to San Diego, California to play high school basketball.

DeAndre Ayton Kansas

The player was linked to Kansas according to reports in 2016. The Kansas basketball program’s long pursuit of No. 1 ranked prospect DeAndre Ayton. He held scholarship offers from Kansas, Duke and Kentucky, as well as Maryland. In interviews, he insisted that only Kansas was actively pursuing him. However, on September 6, 2016, Ayton committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats, and he signed his letter of intent.

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Ex-Arizona Wildcat Deandre Ayton posts double-double in Suns debut

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Published: Oct 2, 2018

In his unofficial rookie debut with the Phoenix Suns, the No. 1 overall pick and former Arizona Wildcat dropped 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist in 30 minutes in a 106-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in the first preseason game Monday night.

Ayton matched up against Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein to start as No. 2 overall pick and Phoenix native Marvin Bagley III came off the bench. Cauley-Stein finished with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds while Bagley concluded the night with seven points and two rebounds.

Ayton was active early on and caught an alley-oop dunk off a pick-and-roll from Suns wing Josh Jackson in the second quarter and continued to make consistent plays all night.

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