The man that goes by many names, Deandre Ayton, took part in a solo pre-draft National Basketball Association workout with the Phoenix Suns. "This is our second home, so we just feel welcome, and it would be a blessing if I become the No. 1 pick and stay here and make this home".
"I left at age 12, so I got a little Americanized with the competitive level, " he said.
As Al McCoy likes to say (and hopefully will be saying a lot more in the near future), "you can put this one in the 'ol deep freeze". "I know I'm going No. 1", said Ayton. He has lived in Arizona since 2015.
"I think I deserve that".
The Phoenix Suns landed the number one pick and went into the lottery with the best percentage of doing so at 25 per cent.
"I want to be the best 2-way player coming into the league and be a shot protector and protector rim".More news: British PM promises Brexit health service boost
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the connection to the state serves as a benefit in the evaluation process.
On offense, Ayton said, "I can score inside and out".
"We had a phenomenal workout [with Deandre]..." But Ayton seems certain he will be the top pick. "I give my heart on both ends of the floor".
"We take that obviously as a compliment, he has a lot of strong ties to this area".
The second overall pick went to the Sacramento Kings, who had just a 5.3 per cent chance of landing the top overall pick.
Ayton averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for Arizona last season, his only season at the school. The Suns are already treating Ayton like he's a teammate, and we're still two weeks from the draft.