There is no doubt that Arizona center DeAndre Ayton is going to declare for the NBA Draft after the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament run. The question is whether or not Ayton will be the top overall pick or not.
According to a new ESPN mock draft, Ayton is expected to be the top player taken in the 2018 NBA Draft and he may not have to travel too far to start his pro career. The mock draft has the Phoenix Suns slated to pick at No. 1.
Here is what ESPN Draft expert Jonathan Givony wrote about Ayton:
Ayton is answering many of the questions scouts have had about him since high school with a string of dominant performances down the stretch. Physically, he’s one of the most gifted prospects we’ve seen in the draft in the past few years, and he has an impressive skill level to boot.
Phoenix, the worst defensive team in the NBA, will be right to question Ayton’s impact on that end of the floor, but his sheer productivity makes it difficult to not slot him at the top of this class.
In 34 games this year, Ayton has averaged 20.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He was named first-team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 Tournament MVP and has become one of the most dominant players in all of college basketball.
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