The Arizona Wildcats landed a huge commitment for its basketball program for the 2017 season. Number one ranked recruit DeAndre Ayton is choosing to commit to the Wildcats over Kentucky and Kansas.
Arizona made waves in its recruitment of Ayton as when the summer began Ayton only listed Kansas as a school of interest. The staff worked hard to build a strong relationship with Ayton and his mother which was a major reason they gained ground with in his commitment to Arizona.
The 7-foot-1, 245-pound Ayton is from the Bahamas, but currently attends Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix. Being close to home and his family factor played a major role in his decision.
“It’s close to home, and I really built a great relationship with Coach [Sean] Miller and [Joe] Pasternak,” said Ayton. “It’s important to me for my mom to see me play — and to be close to her.”
There were rumors that Ayton may bypass college basketball and play overseas, but Ayton shared how this is not the case and he wants to play college basketball.
“College is a must,” said Ayton. “My family wants me to go to college. It’s important for me and my mom. I want to go to Arizona and win a national championship. Arizona won its only national title 20 years ago — and I’d like to help bring another one to Tucson.”
Ayton is a special talent that can become a dominant force for the Wildcats. Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.9 rebounds in the Nike EYBL circuit against some of the best college basketball players in the country. Aston had a 25-point, 12-rebound performance against the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2017 in Wendell Carter.
Arizona has the beginnings of landing a special Class of 2017 recruiting class. Sean Miller has had a top seven recruiting class for six straight seasons and is on his way to getting his seventh straight with the commitment of Ayton.