Ayton works out for Suns, says 'I know I'm going number one'

Arizona big man Deandre Ayton is confident that he will be going #1 overall to the Phoenix Suns when the NBA Draft kicks off June 21st.

Ayton, 19, will have a private workout for the team as they decide who to pick with the first selection next month.

Deandre Ayton has no doubts: He's going to be drafted by the Phoenix Suns.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough did say the team will host other potential top picks over the next week, because of course they'll be doing their due diligence. There are many positions in which the suns could use some help. "I have a whole country on my back that I'm representing and I just want to fulfil that achievement", he said.

When the seven-footer stepped to the podium after McDonough concluded his remarks, it became evident that Ayton has himself set on playing for the Suns to begin his National Basketball Association career.

He described the possibility of playing alongside Devin Booker on the Suns as "Shaq and Kobe 2.0".

"I think I deserve that".

Ayton, who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds for Arizona last season, said he should be the No. 1 pick because he's the "best competitor" in the draft.

"It's great. We take that as a compliment".

Ayton may have put aside any drama over the Suns' direction after his Wednesday workout in Phoenix. He's been working out here, he's been training here. I play my heart out on both ends of the floor, and I give it my all. "The fact that he wants to be here, that's great".

He was also the First Team All-American from the NABC, USBWA and Sporting News, Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the conference tournament in the same season. The Suns hardly ever draft a UofA player since 1968.

  • Stacy Allen