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Arizona’s Deandre Ayton Freshman Of The Week

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton Freshman Of The Week

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton has been named CBS Sports’ Freshman of the Week.   The 7-0 center averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds on a red-hot 59 percent field goal shooting in wins last week against Texas A&M and Alabama.   Ayton’s big week was topped off by his career high 29 points and 18 rebounds in Arizona's 88-82 win over Alabama on Saturday.   “He cannot be handled one-on-one,” wrote CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander. “The man looks unfair on a college basketball floor. He's currently No. 4 in KenPom's Player of the Year algorithm. Ayton is top-10 in defensive rebounding percentage, and I'm willing to wager that he's going to have multiple 30-and-20 games this season.”   On the year, Ayton leads the team in rebounds and is second in scoring, averaging 20.5 points and 11.9 boards for the Wildcats.   ESPN’s No. 3 player in the 2017 high school class, Ayton averaged a whopping 27.9 points, 18.2 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 3.3 assists for Hillcrest Prep (AZ) last season as a senior.   Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks as a sophomore in 2014-15 for Balboa City School in San Diego.   In the summer of 2015 he transferred to Phoenix’s Hillcrest Prep for his junior year, joining then No. 1 sophomore, 6-11 forward Marvin Bagley III (who later reclassified into the 2017 class and is now a star freshman at Duke).   But after averaging 33 points in seven games with Hillcrest earlier that season, Bagley left the school due to negative reports about Hillcrest’s allegedly dubious academics.   Ayton stayed and had a great junior year at Hillcrest, including pouring in a monster 52-point, 33-rebound, 10-block triple double in a 71-67 win over Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.) in January of that year.   Experts have been raving about the gifted Ayton, whom Scout.com ranked as the best high school player period, regardless of class, after only his sophomore season.   “DeAndre Ayton is the best prospect in high school basketball,” said Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “He’s the type of center talent that you project to the NBA and not just be an NBA player, but a really good NBA player and potentially a future all-star.”     For more basketball news go to http://www.blacktoptv.com


NC A&T’s Femi Olujobi Leads Nation In Scoring

NC A&T’s Femi Olujobi Leads Nation In Scoring

North Carolina A&T’s Femi Olujobi is leading the nation in scoring, averaging a whopping 28.3 points a game this season.

 

The 6-8 junior forward out…

Doc: Missouri’s Michael Porter Back In 4 Weeks

Mizzou’s Porter Hints He Could Return This Year

Missouri superstar freshman Michael Porter Jr., who had back surgery last week and was ruled out for the season, hinted on Instagram that he…

UAPB’s Martaveous McKnight SWAC Player Of Week

UAPB’s Martaveous McKnight SWAC Player Of Week

Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Martaveous McKnight was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

 

The 6-4 junior guard from Walls, MS averaged 21.3…

Brian Bowen Will Not Play For Louisville

Brian Bowen Will Not Play For Louisville

ESPN No. 14 ranked 2018 recruit Brian Bowen, who was suspended by Louisville amid the school’s alleged role in a FBI bribery investigation, will…

Doc: Missouri’s Michael Porter Back In 4 Weeks

Missouri’s Michael Porter Out For Season

Missouri superstar freshman Michael Porter Jr., ESPN’s No. 2 player in the 2017 high school class, had back surgery and will miss the rest…

Oklahoma’s Trae Young Off To Historic Start

Oklahoma Frosh Trae Young Leads Nation In Assists

Star Oklahoma freshman Trae Young is leading the nation in assists, averaging a whopping 18.5 dimes this season.

 

The 6-2 point guard, ESPN’s No. 23…

Changes Could Be Coming To One-And-Done Rule

Changes Could Be Coming To One-And-Done Rule

Changes could be coming to the NBA’s one-and-done rule that currently requires athletes to play one year in college before coming to the Association.

 

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UCLA Could Suspend China Arrest Players For Year

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who were arrested for shoplifting at three stores in China and arrived back home Tuesday,…

Vanderbilt Gets No. 11 Sr Darius Garland

Vanderbilt Gets No. 11 Sr Darius Garland

ESPN No. 11 ranked high school senior Darius Garland has committed to Vanderbilt.

 

The 6-2 point guard averaged 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.4 steals…

Duke’s Trevon Duval Sets Freshman Assist Record

Duke’s Trevon Duval Sets Freshman Assist Record

Duke superstar freshman Trevon Duval has broken Duke’s freshman assist record through the team’s first two games, according to FrankieVision.com.

 

The 6-3 point guard has…

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