Deandre Ayton told everyone he was going to be the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and he was right.
The Phoenix Suns stayed in state Thursday, taking the Arizona center No. 1 overall to team with Devin Booker, Elfrid Payton, Dragan Bender and Josh Jackson. A college freshman has now been selected No. 1 overall in nine straight drafts. The last non-freshman drafted first overall was Blake Griffin in 2009.
Ayton told reporters earlier this month after working out with the Suns that he would not workout for any other teams because he knew he was going to be selected by Phoenix.
Many thought Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic would be selected first when the Suns hired his former coach Igor Kokoskov to fill their head coaching vacancy, but Ayton's size and ability won out.
Ayton averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season with the Wildcats, and he should be an elite post scoring force for a Suns team in desperate need of physicality.