Suns Select Deandre Ayton with First Overall Pick of 2018 NBA Draft

Suns Select Deandre Ayton with First Overall Pick of 2018 NBA Draft

Picking No. 1 total for the initial time in franchise business history, the Phoenix az Suns today selected University of Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the initial choice in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft in New York City.

“This is a historic day for the Phoenix metro Suns franchise,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “Deandre is a special player as well as we are delighted to invite him house to Phoenix az. It is incredibly uncommon for a player with his size, size and athleticism to be able to not just end up around the edge but also step far from the basket and make shots. At 7-1 as well as exceptionally solid, he is distinctly talented with his hand-eye control and footwork. In addition, he has solid ties to this area as well as we cannot wait to see him in a Suns attire.”

“It means a whole lot to me due to the fact that you know the fans out there are remarkable– they’re the most effective fans in the world,” stated Ayton, shortly after being selected on ESPN’s program of the Draft. “I’m truly delighted to be a component of the Phoenix Suns currently and also we can actually begin a winning heritage with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson and all those various other men. We’re a young team as well as we prepare. I’m simply pleased to be a Phoenix Sun.”

Having played collegiately at Arizona and in secondary school at Phoenix’s Hillcrest Preparation, Ayton is the very first No. 1 overall choice in NBA background to be picked by a group in the same state where he played in both university as well as secondary school. He is the very first Arizona Wildcat to be taken with the No. 1 choice of the NBA Draft as well as is likewise the first No. 1 pick to have actually played high institution sphere in Arizona. Ayton is the 13th player birthed outside the USA to be prepared initially total and also the second from the Bahamas, signing up with Mychal Thompson by Rose City in 1978.

An uncommon combination of size and also skill, the 7-1, 250-pound center possesses unusual athleticism, maneuvering as well as shooting touch for a player with his length and also toughness. During his one season in Tucson, the 19-year-old was a Consensus First Group All-America selection and won the 2018 Karl Malone Power Onward of the Year Honor. Ayton balanced 20.1 factors on 61.2 percent capturing, 11.6 rebounds and also 1.9 blocks for Arizona, becoming the very first to win Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and also Pac-12 Event The majority of Superior Player honors in the very same period.

He established a Wildcats document and Pac-12 fresher document with 24 double-doubles, and also became simply the 6th fresher across the country in the past 25 years to ordinary at least 20 factors and 10 rebounds (two of the others were Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony). Ayton established Arizona freshman period records in factors (704 ), rebounds (405 ), obstructs (66) and field objective portion (.612) while also being called to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Group.

Ayton played the final two periods of his secondary school occupation at Phoenix’s Hillcrest Prep. As a senior in 2016-17, he led the Bruins to a 33-6 document and The Work Session Championship game, balancing 26 points, 15 rebounds and also 3.5 blocks. Among his lots of honors, he was a McDonald’s All-American, Naismith Prize High Institution All-American, USA TODAY ALL-USA First Group option, and also played in the Jordan Brand Name Classic and also Nike Hoop Top.

Born and increased in Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton started seriously pursing basketball at age 12 after going to the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, the Bahamas’ premier summer season basketball program. Ayton blinked his tremendous potential as well as later that summer season relocated to San Diego to go to Balboa City College. He would certainly later transfer to Hillcrest Prep as well as transfer to Phoenix az to cope with his family.

The Suns, preparing for the 51st time this year, had actually never before chosen above second total, most just recently selecting Armen Gilliam with the No. 2 choice of the 1987 NBA Draft. The Suns additionally made use of the 2nd total pick to choose Neal Stroll in 1969, given the No. 2 badger March 19, 1969, after shedding a coin flip with Milwaukee to determine which group obtained the No. 1 choice as well as, at some point, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The list of players selected first total attributes some of one of the most fabulous names in NBA history, including Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon. All-time, 11 initial overall picks have actually become NBA MVP award winners as well as 17 are Hall of Famers, not counting numerous more who are certain to be sworn in when eligible. In the Lotto Era (considering that 1985), almost half of the players to be chosen No. 1 have taken place to win NBA Rookie of the Year as well as 22 have become All-Stars eventually in their professions with a consolidated 136 All-Star looks.

In Arizona professional sports background, the Phoenix metro Mercury have drafted very first general on three celebrations and those 3 No. 1 choices have actually straight added to the group’s three WNBA Championships: Diana Taurasi, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, was taken first in general in 2004 and also has actually won 3 titles with the Mercury; the initial choice in 2007 was used to acquire Tangela Smith who aided the Mercury win titles in 2007 as well as 2009; as well as Brittney Griner was taken first in general in 2013, aiding the Mercury to the title in 2014. The Arizona Diamondbacks have actually two times chosen first general in MLB’s draft, taking Justin Upton in 2005 as well as Dansby Swanson in 2015. Neither the Arizona Cardinals neither Arizona Coyotes have selected initial total in the NFL Draft nor NHL Draft considering that the franchises relocated to the state.

The Suns were awarded the No. 1 overall choice for the first time in franchise history after winning the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on Might 15 in Chicago. The Suns had a 25.0 percent chance of winning the No. 1 choice in the 2018 NBA Draft, highest possible of any type of group getting involved in the Lotto game.

The Suns’ draft night continues as the team possesses three even more options in the 2018 NBA Draft. In enhancement to the No. 1 total choice, the Suns possess the No. 16 (through Miami), No. 31 as well as No. 59 (using Toronto) choices.


WHAT: Press meeting presenting Phoenix Suns 2018 NBA Draft additions Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, √Člie Okobo as well as George King

WHEN: Friday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Chatting Stick Hotel Sector, Casino Site Arizona Pavilion