- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
It's extremely early to identify and evaluate underclassmen, as much can change along the way. For players just finishing their freshman years in high school, it is a very fluid time in their development. In the Class of 2017, one prospect currently stands alone at the top of the newly released ESPN 25.
DeAndre Ayton, originally from the Bahamas, not only demonstrates outstanding long-term upside, but he is highly productive right now. Being at the top of any list is rewarding, but it also means you had better improve and work even harder to stay there.
The 6-foot-10 Ayton, from San Diego, is a special prospect as he combines the physical tools, some established skill and a couple of traits that make him the best in his class. Let's break down his game.