Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

Eight of the top 15 picks in the NBA draft were ALL-USA players

And Villanova, the defending national champ, helped the Big East top its two No. 1 seeds.

Dealing Powell likely becomes more hard once his contract extension kicks in on July 1, so Toronto is likely hoping for business to pick back up NBA-wide. The Suns needed a center to pair with franchise cornertsone Devin Booker and they did just that.

The Suns never before had selected first overall in the draft, and with Ayton now on board, they hope not to do so again in the near future.

Luka Doncic of Slovenia then went third to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Suns, were BAD last season. I had a lot of confidence because I knew I deserved this. The 21-year-old earned Third Team All-America honors and was named to the All-Final Four Team after averaging 17.2 points in the NCAA tournament including 19 in the title game victory over MI. "But like he (James) says, experience is the best teacher, and we gave those guys a great experience over 30 games and into the playoffs and into the Finals, and what does that mean for us moving forward, I think it's all really positive".

The Hawks will get perhaps the most exciting player in college basketball last season in Young, the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season. His ability to defend the likes of Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook will determine whether he can exclusively be an offensive weapon or develop into a transcendent big man at both ends of the floor like Joel Embiid.

It also represented the first No 1 pick made by the Suns in franchise history and the first No 1 pick from the University of Arizona.

Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton, left, and Elie Okobo, right, of France, slap hands after the team introduced its new players after the NBA basketball draft Friday, June 22, 2018, in Phoenix.

In addition to Doncic, Young and Porter, the other moves that stood out Thursday were the trades that saw the Suns move up to get Mikal Bridges 10th overall, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander go to the Los Angeles Clippers with the 11th pick.

"I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank", Ayton said. "I haven't had the exposure in college to really guard big men, or the big men that I guard haven't really touched the ball or really do what they were supposed to do".

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most highly-anticipated selection of the lower lottery, using the eighth pick, which they acquired from the Boston Celtics (originally owned by the Brooklyn Nets) in the Kyrie Irving trade last August, on Alabama point guard Collin Sexton. But they ended up disappointed as NY went with Kentucky's Kevin Knox.

Webster and his boss Masai Ujiri are eager to make something happen, and wanted to at least start with a draft pick, but, as Webster repeated on Thursday, it takes two to tango. "That's the same mindset I'm going to have", Knox said. The Denver Nuggets took a chance on the Missouri star with the final pick in the lottery at No. 14. A couple other players are going with much lighter shades of blue. But more than a half-hour after he was traded, and while he was doing media wearing a Sixers hat, Philadelphia traded him to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith, the 16th pick, and an unprotected first-round pick from the Miami Heat in 2021.

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