0 - DeAndre Ayton


  • Birthday: 7/23/98
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: HS Senior
  • Ht: 7-0
  • Wt: 245
  • Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
  • High School: Hillcrest







































































































































NBA Comparison: Shawn Kemp/David Robinson

Strengths: Bigman with immense potential due to a great combination of physical attributes and a strong focus and mental make up ... A phenom who at 16 could already be a high level player at the college level ... Has great size and a prototypical bigman's frame, but what really separates DeAndre from the rest at this point is his footwork, absolutely sensational for a kid of his size ... His elite athleticism and coordination allows him to finish in traffic, controlling his body in a way that made the NBA scouts (at the LeBron James Skills Academy) fall completely in love with him during the summer ... He plays with a great motor, outrunning other bigs, has a good touch on free throws and shows glimpses of things he will be able to do once his body fully develops ... Defensively he is a great rim protector, sometimes a little lazy on rebounds, but it’s very tough to score on him and even better is his defense on P&R, with his feet he would be every coach dream to have ...

Weaknesses: It remains to be seen whether DeAndre is ready to be this good this early ... So many young bigman preps in the internet age have peaked (at 15-16 years of age) and as soon as the hype hit, their development halted (Renardo Sydney, Derrick Caracter, Jeremy Tyler, the list goes on) ... How well Ayton and his group of advisors are able to keep the distractions out, and continue his progression towards becoming a pro, will be crucial ... The media attention is just beginning and losing the ability to be a kid at such a young age is difficult ... It will be important for Ayton to learn how to say no, and develop the right work habits and learn what to focus on on a day to day basis maximize his abilities ... Offensively he still has a lot of room for improvement, he takes advantage of his size and explosiveness, but will need to improve skills ... Struggles some against players his size that are stronger than him as he doesn’t have many moves yet in the post ... He still doesn't always impact the game offensively (facing juniors and seniors) but I have no doubt he can become an impact player at the highest level. His current weaknesses are very much related to his immaturity and lack of experience in how to guard post players and avoid stupid fouls ...

Outlook: The biggest challenge for him starts now, he needs to understand his ceiling and live his life like a normal teenager (as much as possible) but with his future goal well in mind, and use every day to improve and maximize his abilities ... If he can accomplish that, we're quite possibly looking at the #1 pick in the draft in 4 years ...

Notes: Measured 7'0 (in shoes) 220 lbs, with a 7'4.5 wingspan at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy ...

Rick Fois 9/25/14

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