Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft

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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.