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Deandre Ayton to skip NBA Combine

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Probably a smart move

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Earlier this week, the NBA released its list of 69 participants who will partake in the 2018 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 16-20.

Some headliners are Oklahoma guard Trae Young, Duke forward Marvin Bagley III, and Alabama guard Collin Sexton.

On the other hand, certain standout players have decided to skip the combine. On that list of players is former Arizona Wildcats star forward Deandre Ayton, Texas A&M center Robert Williams, and Dzanan Musa of the Croatian club team, Cedevita.

Ayton’s decision to skip the NBA Combine says words about his mindset going into the NBA.

Even before Ayton’s first day at Arizona, it was clear that he was destined for the NBA. Skipping the NBA Combine shows he’s confident he’s already shown enough to be a high draft pick, and it also helps avoid an injury.

The NBA draft order will be released on May 15 after the lottery takes place. The Phoenix Suns have the best odds to win the No. 1 overall pick at 25 percent. Sports Illustrated projects Ayton will be the No. 1 overall pick.

Ayton has expressed interest in playing for the Suns before, and it would only mean that more of his ex-teammates and Wildcat fans could make the drive up to watch him more often.


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