Flashback Friday of DeAndre Ayton destroying the competition in 8th grade | Youth1

Flashback Friday of DeAndre Ayton destroying the competition in 8th grade

The Phoenix Suns took DeAndre Ayton this year with the first pick in the NBA Draft. The 7’1 forward played his college ball at the University of Arizona and was widely regarded as the top prospect coming out of college. His blend of athleticism, hustle and skill drew comparisons to the great David Robinson except Ayton is a better shooter from the perimeter.

This week Ayton made his debut for the Suns finishing his first NBA game with a final stat line of 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting .727% from the floor. Not too bad for a kid who isn’t even legally allowed to drink yet.  

While his future looks incredibly bright lets take a look at some old highlights of Ayton absolutely dominating the competition when he was in 8th grade.

Yeah it wasn't really fair, Ayton was 6'10 in 8th grade with great body control and a jump shot. He has been a special talent for a long time and shows no signs of slowing down, right now he is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. 


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