By LARRY VAUGHT
DeAndre Ayton is ether the best player in the 2017 recruiting class or at worst one of the top three players. He’s a 7-footer with the ability to score inside, but also hit a 3-point jump shot. He runs the floor well and can use his athleticism on defense.
He’s still progressing and should only get better.
So why isn’t Kentucky recruiting him? Will he really bypass college to play overseas a year and then go to the NBA?
“Kentucky hasn’t really recruited Ayton and at this stage I don’t think they plan to,” said Evan Daniels, Scout.com’s national recruiting director. “Obviously I’ve heard the rumors (about not playing in college) and I’ve heard what he’s said. I haven’t seen his transcripts, so I don’t know what those look like.
“In terms of sheer talent, he can play anywhere in the country. At the same time, he’s a good enough prospect that a professional team overseas could certainly offer him some serious money.
“I think we are a long ways away from knowing what Ayton is going to do. If he ends up in college, Kansas is the safe bet right now.”