Nation's No. 1 men's basketball recruit commits to play for Arizona Wildcats

Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 06, 2016

Arizona Wildcats men's basketball coach Sean Miller just missed on getting the top-ranked player in the Class of 2016.

He didn't miss twice.

On Tuesday, DeAndre Ayton, the nation's No. 1 recruit in 2017, verbally committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats.

Ayton, who currently plays at Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, chose Arizona over his other top choices, Kansas and Kentucky. The nation's No. 1 player in 2016, Josh Jackson, chose Kansas over Arizona.

The 7-foot, 250-pounder is originally from San Diego but moved to Phoenix to play for Hillcrest before his junior year. He averaged 21.1 points, 16 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season. 

"My goal is to win a national championship. That's it: Win a national championship and go to the next level," Ayton told ABC15 in March.