2018 draft prospects pose for a picture before the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft

June 21, 2018 - 7:43 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

The Sacramento Kings have the No. 2 selection.

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