Deandre Ayton is a professional basketball player from the Bahamas. He plays for the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted into the NBA in 2018 and his rookie year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Deandre Edoneille Chidike Ayton was born in Nassau in the Bahamas. His mother is Bahamian and Jamaican and his father is of Nigerian Descent. He moved to the United States to play high school basketball for the Balboa City School in California.
He was born on July 23, 1998. He stands 211 cm tall and his last listed weight was 113 kg. He plays center and he shoots with his right hand.
High School and College Career
He attended Balboa before moving to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. While at Hillcrest, he was a team member with Marvin Bagley III. He helped lead his team to a number of victories. He also played in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2016.
He received a number of College Offers before eventually committing to play for the University of Arizona. While at Arizona, he was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2017.
In 2018, he received the Karl Malone Award and he was also named as the Most Valuable Player and the Freshman of the Year for Pac-12. He has also been named a Consensus First-Team All-American.
He declared for the NBA in 2018 and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns during that year’s NBA Draft. He was their first overall pick in the first round. He made a record for being the first player to be picked first overall for a team from the same state that he played college and high school basketball.
He signed a contract with them in July and he made his debut in the NBA Summer League in the same month before he eventually debuted in the regular season in October. In his first year with the Suns, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In the following season, he was suspended from 25 games when he tested positive for a restricted drug. In the 2020-21 season, he made his Playoff debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. Mitchell and the Suns were not able to agree on a rookie extension before the start of the 2021-2022 season.
- 2019 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2018 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
- 2018 - Karl Malone Award
- 2018 - Pac-12 Player of the Year
- 2018 - First-team All-Pac-12
- 2018 - Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
- 2018 - Pac-12 Tournament MOP
- 2017 - McDonald’s All-American