DeAndre Ayton

Breaking down No. 1 2017 prospect and Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton's game

New Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton is Scout's top ranked prospect in 2017. What makes the five-star center one of the high school ranks' top talents of the last several years?

Arguably the top prospect in high school basketball ended his recruitment on Tuesday, with 2017 Phoenix Hillcrest Academy center DeAndre Ayton committing to Arizona.

This was a massive pickup, as Ayton has the physical tools and skill set to be a dominant player in his one year of college, should he in fact choose to play college basketball for a season.

Scout's top prospect in the 2017 class, Ayton is 7-feet in shoes with long arms - he has a 7-foot-5 wingspan and 9-foot-4 standing reach – to go with wide shoulders and an ideal frame for his position.

He's athletic, has good hands and feet, a quickly improving motor and a skill set which has evolved over time. He has a terrific feel on the offensive glass and scores a lot of points there.

He is improving with his back to the basket and while he has the feet to ultimately be very good there, he's best as a shooter. Ayton can knock down jumpers from both midrange and three, and given his size it's obviously a difficult shot to defend.

Ayton possesses very good vision for the position and is a threat to kick out of double teams from the low post and will find cutters from the high post. He gets a lot of blocked shots on pure size, length and athleticism, but also has strong timing.

While Ayton can learn to play harder, it's not a problem by any means, although ideally he’ll ultimately spend more time around the basket because of his dominance there when he stays in the paint, but both of those issues are very easily fixable.

This is one of the better prospects that high school basketball has seen over the last several years and Ayton is no doubt a candidate to be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.


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