Whoa Nellie, DeAndre Ayton!
If you aren’t already familiar with Ayton, he’s the top-rated sophomore basketball prospect in America. At 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, the Balboa City School center has both the size and skills to completely overwhelm the opposition. And that’s precisely what he does night-in, night-out; in the 2014-15 season, Ayton is averaging more than 21 points and 16 rebounds per game, not to mention 3.8 blocks and 2.6 assists per contest, according to MaxPreps.
That is a full stat line for any superstar at any level, but this is a sophomore! No underclassman should be able to control a game that way. Ayton can and, perhaps unsurprisingly, this has all been coming for some time. Ayton has been flexing his supremely excellent physical gifts along with an occasional deft touch since he was a middle schooler.
You might note that he’s worn number 0 throughout that time as well, which is about as swaggy as you can get as a teen hoops star.
Whether Ayton continues to build on his remarkable early success remains to be seen. If nothing else, a healthy Ayton is all but assured to produce a stream of additional highlight reel plays like the ones you see above before he finally matriculates to the next level … not that he couldn’t fit in there already.