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DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2017 has announced his commitment to the Arizona Wildcats. The 7-foot, 220 pound big man of Hillcrest Prep (located in Arizona), announced his decision to play for Coach Sean Miller next season during an ESPN broadcast.
Ayton chose Arizona over powerhouse programs Kansas and Kentucky. The future lottery pick has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kevin Garnett. Via ESPN:
Ayton entered the summer only listing Kansas, but he said the Wildcats made up ground due to the relationship the staff built with both him and his mother, Andrea. The 7-foot-1 245-pound Ayton is a native of the Bahamas who attends Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix.
“It’s close to home and I really built a great relationship with Coach (Sean) Miller and (Joe) Pasternak,” Ayton told ESPN. “It’s important to me for my mom to see me play — and to be close to her.”