The No. 1 player in the 2017 recruiting class and Arizona Wildcats signee DeAndre Ayton has been named to the 2017 McDonald’s All-American team, it was announced Sunday night.
Ayton becomes the 22nd Wildcat to be given the nomination with the last being Kobi Simmons a year ago.
Here is the full roster:
Ayton, a 7-footer from Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, is known to be a big man with a tremendous physical presence and a smooth stroke from the perimeter.
UA head coach Sean Miller had incredibly high praise for Ayton in November.
“I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, he’s one of these once in a generation types of players,” he said. “He is big, 7-foot, and the fact that he hasn’t lifted weights is astonishing to me. When you look at him and shake his hand he has a physical presence as a young person that you don’t often times see.
“The thing that is striking about DeAndre as a player is he is really smart. He has the know-how of how to play with four other players that not a lot of big guys don’t have. He can pass, he can step away from the basket, he can dribble the ball, he’s a skilled player. With 7-footers, with sometimes they play the game because they’re tall, but he loves the game. He’s obsessed with being a great player. Because of that, his future is obviously incredibly bright. We’re all looking forward to providing him an environment where he can grow, but also where he can give us and our team and the recruiting class that special player that can go inside and out.”
Ayton will be Miller’s eighth McDonald’s All American since he arrived at Arizona in 2009, with the others being Simmons, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson, and Allonzo Trier.
Fellow 2017 signees Ira Lee and Alex Barcello did not make the cut, while Brandon Randolph was not eligible for the nomination.
Arizona targets Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy join Ayton on the roster.
This year’s McDonald’s All American game is scheduled for March 29 in the United Center in Chicago. It will be televised on ESPN.
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