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No. 1 DeAndre Ayton commits to Arizona

DeAndre Ayton, Scout's No. 1 overall prospect in 2017, ended his college recruitment on Tuesday by committing to Sean Miller, Arizona.

The nation's top recruit -- DeAndre Ayton -- is headed to Arizona.

"I intend to bring Sean Miller and [Joe] Pasternack their first appearance at the Final Four and a National Championship," Ayton told Scout. 

Ayton selected the Wildcats over Kansas and Kentucky. The 6-foot-11 Bahamian took an unofficial visit to Arizona within the last two weeks, but it was a previous visit that stood out to him. 

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"Really on my first visit," he said when asked when he knew Arizona was the place for him. "That’s when I really fell in love with it because personally it’s a very humble, low key place to be. There’s not to much going on. It’s really just school and basketball and being a good person. I just think its just the place for me. It just fits me."

Miller was able to build a strong relationship with Ayton. According to the talented post player, Miller and Ayton share a common goal and mindset.

"Just one word from coach Sean Miller," he said when asked about their relationship. "When he said hungry. When he said he was hungry. That hit me. We have something in common because I’m hungry as well. I’m hungry and humble and that just opened my eyes. He said they were a hungry program and want to accomplish their goals."

Ayton, who has been ranked No. 1 since Scout’s first 2017 player rankings, is a special talent, because of his combination of extraordinary physical gifts and skill.

“Prospects with Ayton's size, length, athleticism and skill set are extremely rare,” Scout analyst Josh Gershon said.

“He's made progress in his consistency and motor, which were two of his biggest concerns heading into his junior year. With his ability to face up and play inside, pass, rebound and block shots at his size and athleticism, there's a reason he's already very firmly on NBA teams' radars.”

Ayton spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at San Diego (Calif.) Balboa prep, before transferring to Phoenix (Ariz.) Hillcrest as a junior.

During the spring and summer Ayton played with California Supreme on the Nike EYBL circuit. At the prestigious Peach Jam, Ayton averaged 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

How will Ayton help Arizona?

"Just winning a National Championship," Ayton said. "Honestly I just want to be a great leader to my teammates and just my competitiveness in general."

"I’m very mobile on the court," he added. "I’m not a big that just sits in the post. I’m inside and out and I can bring the ball up the floor and I’m a good passer."

With the addition of Ayton, Arizona moves up to No. 3 in Scout's 2017 class rankings. Ayton joins No. 86 Alex Barcello to make up their current recruiting class. 


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