DeAndre Ayton, widely-considered the top player in the class of 2017, is fresh off an adidas Nations title with Team Harden.
The 7-footer from Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix has seen his recruitment heat up recently, and he has put to rest some rumblings that he may be considering playing overseas following his 2017 prep season. As of now, Ayton is being most-strongly recruited by Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona.
USA TODAY Sports caught up with Ayton this week to talk about his summer and more:
What’s the level of competition been like at adidas Nations Tournament?
It’s very intense; there’s not as many fouls. A lot of dudes go at it, there’s a lot of talent, and it’s competitive from the beginning of the game to the end of the game. Everybody plays their hardest, and everybody plays like it’s their last game.
Best moment of your basketball summer?
Making it to the final four of the Peach Jam. It was a long road, especially since we were missing Brandon McCoy, and that’s a big part of our team. We really tried our best and we made it pretty far, but unfortunately we got eliminated.
Explaining the significance of your necklace?
This is just a little background from my mom. My mom is from Jamaica, I’m part Jamaican, so I just want to show people I’m Jamaican.