"I think it was apparent early in the work out", Suns General Manager Sean McDonough said of Ayton's pre-draft workout.
It's unfortunate that any draft day should warrant this kind of criticism because, after all, it should be about the players selected, a majority of whom are younger than half of UCSB's undergrads.
The NBA Draft has come and gone.
I like hearing about those stories, and I am looking forward to seeing what the 2018 National Basketball Association draft selections bring to the table when the regular season begins this fall.
Avery Johnson is back at Barclays Center, home of some turbulent times.
Johnson was the Nets' coach when they moved to Brooklyn in 2012 but was sacked with a 14-14 record early in that first season shortly after they were blown out at home by Boston in a nationally televised Christmas Day game. He has the athleticism to become a better defender than he showed in college.
Blue and burgundy appear to be the colors of choice at this year's draft.
Deandre Ayton is learning that it's quite lonely at the top.
With twenty-five selection in the NBA Lottery in school history, the Blue Devils also extended its lead over Kentucky, who has twenty-three picks in the Lottery and North Carolina who has eighteen.
Trae Young, standing front and center and holding the ball in the photo, was one of the players in burgundy - and the only one not in slacks. The 6-6, 225-pound wing averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds over his final three seasons in Boulder, named to the 2017-18 All-Pac-12 Second Team as a senior and winning the 2015-16 Pac-12 Conference Most Improved Player of the Year award as a sophomore. They chose to go with the 7-foot-1 Mo Bamba heading into draft night already with an extremely crowded front court of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Bismack Biyombo, Jonathan Isaac, Maresse Speights and Khem Birch. One has James' No. 23 with a crown and the Liberty Bell, another urges him to "Strive for GOATNESS" and the last reads #PHILLYWANTSLEBRON. He's accomplished things, and he has been seen in 5-on-5 against high-level competition for a number of years.
Until then, Colson will have to prove himself as an undrafted free agent. "We put him through the ringer to push him".
Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. and Texas center Mo Bamba are all expected to be high selections Thursday night in Brooklyn.
A huge cheer went up from the several thousand fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday night for the draft party.
The Suns are far from a finished product, but Ayton, together with Booker and the rest of the talented cast of youngsters on the team, Phoenix's future is starting to look at least a little bit brighter. They are followed by Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas. The Suns also sent a 2021 first-round pick via the Miami Heat to the Sixers, who had taken Bridges, the former Villanova star, at No. 10.
Born in the Bahamas, Ayton, who turns 20 next month, moved to Phoenix during high school and says the majority of his family now live in Arizona.