When DeAndre Ayton officially inked his national letter of intent to Arizona, he was the highest ranked recruit the Wildcats have ever signed, but even the coaching staff knows the 7-footer’s ceiling is sky high.
CBS’ Gary Parrish said on the Eye On Basketball podcast that he spoke with the UA coaching staff at the Peach Jam earlier this month and they believe that the best of Ayton has yet to be showcased.
“I talked to the Arizona staff at Peach Jam about him specifically and they said he’s been amazing,” Parrish said. “They think he’s the No.1 pick in the draft and should be a dominant college basketball player from day one. They don’t think he’s the best player in the country right now, but he’s the most talented.”
Ayton’s game resembles Karl-Anthony Towns from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the sense that he’s dominant in the post, but he can also knock down the occasional outside shot. According to Parrish, one concern is that since he’s a juggernaut on the court, will the talent level better him for the NBA?
“The way someone on the staff explained it to me, yes that was a legitimate question before he got to Tucson. Because you’d watch him in the summer and he was so much better than everybody else and he’s been so much better than everyone else forever. And not just from a skill perspective, but he is physically better than everybody else,” Parrish said.
Did the Pac-12 improve in the offseason? That remains up in the air considering Oregon lost four of its five starters and UCLA reloaded with another talented recruiting class, but lost Lonzo Ball. Arizona has the talent in Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins to take the pressure off of Ayton so the culture by itself makes him an attractive draft prospect for the No. 1 spot.
Currently Ayton is listed as the No. 3 pick in 2018 on Draft Express behind Michael Porter Jr. and Luka Doncic.