|Full Name:||Deandre Edoneille Ayton|
|Place of Birth:||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Parents:||Alvin and Andrea Ayton|
Deandre Ayton was born on July 23, 1998, in Nassau, Bahamas. His mother Andrea and stepfather Alvin raised him. He considers his stepfather Alvin as his father, who helped pay his way through basketball camps growing up. Ayton moved to California to play high school basketball after he was starting to be scouted at age 12.
After two years at Balboa School in California, Ayton transferred to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona for his final two years. Playing alongside Marvin Bagley III, Ayton eventually helped lead Hillcrest Prep to a national ranking. Considered the top center of his high school class, Ayton elected to attend Arizona.
After just one year at Arizona, Ayton declared for the 2018 NBA Draft where he was the #1 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns (their first #1 overall pick in franchise history). Ayton has been a double-double machine his entire career. He was the fastest in franchise history to 1,000 rebounds, doing it in just 94 games. He averaged a double-double his rookie season. After a 25-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy during the start of his second season, Ayton returned to secure yet another double-double.
Now the 6’11” center/power forward is the focal point of the Phoenix Suns and their quest to rebuild and once again become a contender franchise in the NBA.
Deandre Ayton started his high school basketball career at Balboa School in Escondido, California. After two years, Ayton transferred to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Ayton was teammates with Marvin Bagley III at Hillcrest Prep. During his junior season, Ayton averaged 29.2 points, 16.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.
In his senior season, Ayton led Hillcrest Prep to a national ranking and a 33-6 record. He averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.
After narrowing his choices down to Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas, the nation’s No. 1 center elected to attend Arizona. Ayton scored the seventh-most points in a debut for an Arizona freshman. In January, he tied the school record for blocks in a single game by a freshman with six. He finished his freshman season with 23 double-doubles in 34 games.
Ayton was part of an FBI investigation while at Arizona that alleged he was paid to play and attend Arizona. Multiple wiretaps suggested that Ayton was paid $100,000 to attend Arizona and head coach Sean Miller paid him $10,000 a month while at Arizona.
Arizona lost in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament and Ayton declared for the 2018 NBA Draft after just one season at Arizona.
The expected No. 1 overall pick, Ayton was indeed selected first overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2018 NBA Draft. Ayton recorded a double-double in his NBA debut with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ayton was named to the Rising Stars Challenge during his rookie season. On March 27, he broke the Suns’ franchise record for most double-doubles by a rookie. However, three days later he injured his ankle and was out for the rest of the season.
After the 2019-2020 season opener, Ayton was suspended 25 games for testing positive for a diuretic. Ayton recorded a double-double in his first game back from suspension. He became the faster player in Suns’ franchise history to 1,000 rebounds (94 games).
Deandre Ayton has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He is set to earn $9.5 million during the 2019-2020 season after earning $8.2 million in his rookie season. In 2018, Ayton signed a multi-year deal with Puma.
DeAndre Ayton signed a 3-year, $27.7 million deal with the Phoenix Suns in 2018.
Deandre Ayton was born to a Nigerian father and Bahamian/Jamaican mother named Andrea. His biological father has never been in his life and he calls his stepdad Alvin his father. Alvin helped pay Ayton’s way through basketball camps growing up.
Ayton has four siblings. He has no children but is once again dating his former girlfriend Anissa Evans.