DeAndre Ayton, the nation’s top rated 2017 prospect, has solidified his status as one of the top prospects in the country, playing for California Supreme on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Ayton, a 7-footer, appears more focused on the court and is putting up gaudy numbers with averages of 19.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and nearly two blocks a game.
Throughout his time in high school, Ayton has drawn a wide range of comparisons, but the 17-year old Bahamas native said there are two players he resembles.
“I would say there’s one, Anthony Davis,” Ayton said when asked about comparisons.
“Actually to be honest, I’m in love with [Kristaps] Porzingis, though,” he added. “We have the same game to be honest. Same exact game. He can shoot. He can put the ball on the floor and go to the rim and he can post up.”
When Ayton isn’t playing on the EYBL circuit, he’s spending the spring and summer working out against older players.
“I’ve been working out a lot lately,” Ayton told Scout. “Working out a lot with some experienced players from overseas and working on my game and my conditioning and getting my core stronger.”
As a freshman and sophomore, Ayton played at San Diego (Calif.) Balboa Prep. He then transferred to Phoenix (Ariz.) Hillcrest. Despite recent rumors that Ayton may be on the move, he said he’s going to finish out his high school career in Arizona.
“I’m staying at Hillcrest,” he said definitively.
On the recruiting front, Ayton said three schools have been in constant communication with him as of late.
“Right now I think schools are coming at me now,” he said. “Kansas is still there. Kansas has always been there. They’ve been recruiting me since I was in the 9th grade. Other schools are starting to catch my eye.”
Which schools would that be?
“Whoever calls me really,” he said. “Arizona and Kentucky are the ones that have called too so far. I think Oklahoma State called me too. They called one time.”
At this point, Ayton doesn’t have intentions of taking any visits before the end of the summer.
“I don’t really have visits on my mind right now,” Ayton said. “I just really want to get this EYBL stuff over with and try and go as far as possible. After EYBL that’s when I think I’ll start visiting schools a lot more.”