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Phoenix is dealing with the aftermath of Deandre Ayton’s 25-game suspension on Thursday. The second-year center was suspended without pay by the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program after testing positive for a diuretic.
The Phoenix Suns plans for a quick rebuild have hit an unexpected snag. Center Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Thursday night for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.
Deandre Ayton is having no problem with the competition or the schedule at the NBA level.
The Phoenix Suns stayed close to home for their first No. 1 pick. The Dallas Mavericks looked all the way to Slovenia for the player they hope can be their next European superstar. Shortly after the Suns took DeAndre Ayton to start the NBA draft Thursday night, the Mavericks traded up two spots for the rights to Luka Doncic.
The Phoenix Suns likely have an idea what they’ll do with the first pick in the draft, but what about the rest of the league?
Arizona 7-footer Deandre Ayton headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Ayton was a dominating force in his one year of college and could be the No. 1 overall pick. He leads a position that includes top-10 prospects in Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., Texas’ Mo Bamba and Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr.
While Arizona center DeAndre Ayton seems to be emerging as a consensus choice for the top pick, after that, things are completely wide open.
Deandre Ayton has gone through what he said would be his only pre-draft workout and expressed supreme confidence that the Phoenix Suns will use the No. 1 overall pick to select him. He says the Suns haven’t told him that, but he’s just confident that the team won’t pass on his combination of size, strength, athleticism and shooting touch. Ayton said teaming with young Suns star Devin Booker would be “Shaq and Kobe 2-point-0.”
The AP All-America team has three freshmen on the first team for the first time in its 70-year history. Oklahoma’s Trae Young, DeAndre Ayton of Arizona and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III were all named first-teamers in the All-America team announced on Tuesday. They were joined by Villanova’s Jalen Brunson and Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham on the team selected by the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.
Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season. Ayton made the announcement on his Twitter feed. The Bahamian big man was the Pac-12 player of the year after averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds.
A few of the freshman phenoms are starring already – Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III more than the others – but there wasn’t much shifting after the first week of college basketball.
Arizona has landed one of the top players of the 2017 recruiting class, receiving a verbal commitment from big man DeAndre Ayton.