To the surprise of no one, Deandre Ayton is going pro.
The former five-star recruit and Arizona big man made it official this afternoon. He is entering the NBA Draft.
Ayton’s head coach Sean Miller made it clear his prized freshman was a one-and-done, so this is a formality.
“I’m so blessed for the opportunity I had at Arizona, and I’m excited to announce I will be entering the 2018 NBA Draft!” Ayton tweeted.
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) March 21, 2018
Ayton averaged a double-double in his lone season in Tucson. He accounted for 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest.
The 7-foot-1 teenager (Ayton doesn’t turn 20 until July) scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Arizona’s win over USC in the Pac-12 title game.
He finished his college career with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament loss to Buffalo.
Ayton could potentially be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.