- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
ARDSLEY, N.Y -- The Under Armor Association has plenty of known talent, and its share of unknown prospects who are emerging. Throughout the weekend the teams and players competed with a purpose. It was the final session before teams are seeded for the Under Armour Association Finals in July.
1. DeAndre Ayton is back
The No. 1 player in the class of 2017 is back after being sidelined with a minor knee injury that kept him out for a couple of months. He is blessed with a long and strong athletic frame, and he owns excellent hands and footwork along with a soft touch. He displays a short drive game at the elbows while understanding his post-up game on the blocks. His defensive shot-blocking dominates the game. If he stays on track, he could be the next great big man in the game.
According to his high school coach Zach Jones, the schools that have been in regular contact are Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Stanford, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State.
"This weekend is his first real action he has had in a while," Jones said. "He is playing at about 70 percent. ... All in all we feel like he is playing hard and getting his feeling back for the game."