Arizona’s star basketball player has a chance to move one step closer to becoming the state’s roundball messiah.
Deandre Ayton is scheduled to participate in an individual workout with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The team announced the event on Twitter.
Stay tuned… We've got quite a day ahead of us tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/wjKPdREhtu
— Phoen1x Šuns (@Suns) June 6, 2018
Ayton, the Pac-12 Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American, has been predicted by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Barring a stunning trade, that would pair him with the Suns, keeping him in the Copper State.
ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla suggested the Suns select the multitalented big man with the No. 1 pick, saying, “Overall, I’d have a hard time passing on Deandre Ayton if I was the Suns.” Turner analyst Steve Lavin told DieHards in March he believes Ayton is “going to transform the way we look at the center position,” adding that the big man is “trending towards a generational player.”
Ayton starred at Arizona in his lone season in college basketball, averaging a double-double with 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. He dominated in the Pac-12 Tournament, posting consecutive 32-point games in wins over UCLA and USC as the Wildcats won the conference title.
Ayton was implicated in a pay-for-play accusation, which his family vehemently denied and resulted in Wildcats coach Sean Miller missing a handful of regular-season games.
Ayton gave a possible preview of what he might look like on draft night, taking photos with a Suns hat atop his head after the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery placed Phoenix at the top of the draft order.
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) May 16, 2018