Hillcrest Hoops could become the No. 1 high school team in the country in the next couple of days if 7-foot, 230-pound power forward DeAndre Ayton decides to join the new Phoenix prep academy.
He is interested in joining forces with 6-11 point forward Marvin Bagley III, the top-rated 2018 prospect in the country by ESPN. Bagley left Tempe Corona del Sol this fall to join his father, Marvin Jr., who took a position at the program as associate head coach. Bagley’s brother Marcus, a 6-5 eighth grader, will also be playing for Hillcrest’s national high school team in its first season.
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Nick Weaver, director of basketball at Hillcrest, said that Ayton is visiting Hillcrest Sunday and Monday and will likely make his decision on Tuesday.
“He likes the idea of playing with Marvin,” Weaver said.
Ayton, a power forward from the Bahamas, withdrew last week from Balboa City School in San Diego. He is ranked by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports as the No. 1 player in the nation in the 2017 class. His offers include Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and San Diego State. He averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3.8 blocks last season for Balboa City.
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