Deandre Ayton believes he’ll be the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s banking that the Phoenix Suns taking him with the first overall pick is a done. Ayton said his workout Wednesday in Phoenix was his first and only formal meeting with a team prior to the draft. He said he’ll work out for “no one else.” That the 7-footer already has a connection with the city of Phoenix only helps the Suns as they consider him as the top pick. Ayton went to high school in Phoenix and has been training in the area since leaving the Arizona Wildcats after a freshman season in which he averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. In an April radio interview with CBS’s Tiki and Tierney, he said he could see himself playing for the Suns and forming a duo with shooting guard Devin Booker.
Ayton worked out for Phoenix on Wednesday and was clear about why he was in town. “I know I’m going no.1,” he told reporters at the Suns’ facility. The workout with Phoenix, by all accounts including his, is going to be Ayton’s only team-specific workout. Ayton hit all the right checkpoints in his post-workout presser. On hand for the workout were Suns players Devin Booker and Josh Jackson, as well as members of the Suns’ coaching staff and front office. Ayton didn’t hesitate in theorizing about what he and Booker would look like on the court together.