Suns make Bahamas' Ayton the top pick in National Basketball Association draft

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I'm not just a Bahamian. "All that stress was overcome by joy the moment I got called, no matter what number it was. It was just priceless".

They also emerged from the draft with Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall selection, but paid a dear price to do so, being forced to part with the No. 16 pick in this year's draft as well as a potentially valuable first round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021 that is unprotected. All five are six-foot-10 or bigger.

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"Keep my name out of this lol", Embiid tweeted, followed by, "Don't compare Ayton to me either ..." But he defended his rim protection in an interview with reporters after the draft.

"Most definitely", he said.

"Having a guard like Devin Booker, who can really score the ball and me being a big man who can really pick-and-pop, very versatile, that's very risky", Ayton said. "Being down low and really trying to be dominant". His 24 double-doubles tied for the second-most ever by a freshman in Division I history. However, Ayton still has significant weaknesses at the other end of the floor. The organization by and large is still a bit of a mess, but with a new coach, and perhaps a new face of the team, it will be interesting to see how Ayton will be utilized moving forward.

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Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Bagley were high school teammates for one season at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.

At the time, Dagostino had been working for a couple of years with Huerter, who had just gone through a growth spurt to reach about 6 feet 3, but he barely weighed 150 pounds.

His only pre-draft workout was with the Suns, and afterward, he expressed confidence in his standing. "As if Sexton was supposed to say, 'LeBron please stay, I promise I'll know the score during the final seconds of a playoff game".

Ayton was one of only four players in the nation to average the aforementioned double double.

"I think if you don't [rebuild] for that amount of time, it's hard to accumulate enough young talent to build and grow for a sustainable period of time", he said during ESPN2's draft combine special. "They sound great, and I can't wait to get to know them". "I'm just happy to be a Phoenix Sun".

Trent, Vanderbilt and Diallo, in turn, were involved in three of the five trades made during the second round, with Trent going to Portland for two future second-round picks, Vanderbilt headed to Denver for Maryland forward Justin Jackson, selected 43rd, and a future second-rounder, and Diallo moving on to Charlotte for a future second-rounder. According to sources familiar with the government's evidence, Sean Miller and Dawkins discussed paying $100,000 to ensure Ayton would sign with the Wildcats. When the 76ers drafted him, it looked like a feel-good hometown story since he's from Philadelphia and his mother Tyneeha Rivers was vice president for human resources for the 76ers. Okobo has also represented France in worldwide competition, leading the French to a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U20 European Championship in Greece, and ranking third in scoring at the 2016 FIBA U20 European Championship in Finland with 18.9 points per game.

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