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Phoenix Suns select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with No. 1 pick in NBA draft.

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 19:57:59-04

The Phoenix Suns have made Deandre Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history.

The Suns stayed close to home Thursday to take the Arizona center who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his lone college season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton tied for the national lead with 24 double-doubles in 35 games.

He joined Mychal Thompson - father of Golden State All-Star Klay Thompson - in 1978 as the only players from the Bahamas to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.