Suns draft Ayton with No.1 NBA pick

The Phoenix Suns have selected Deandre Ayton with the No.1 overall pick in the NBA draft

Only eight years after playing basketball for the first time, Deandre Ayton is the No.1 pick in the NBA draft.

The Phoenix Suns made the long-expected move official on Thursday night, taking the Arizona centre with the top overall pick. He's the first Arizona player to go No.1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No.2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No.2 in 2011.

It's history for Ayton, and history for his homeland as well.

Ayton is just the second player born in the Bahamas to go No.1, joining Mychal Thompson - the top pick in the 1978 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 7-foot-1 Ayton, who didn't start playing basketball until he was 12, averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in his lone college season. He's the ninth consecutive one-and-done player to be taken No.1 overall, with Australia's Ben Simmons being one of those.