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NBA Draft 2018: Deandre Ayton selected by Phoenix Suns as No. 1 pick

Deandre Ayton poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Phoenix Suns during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on Thu., June 21, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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NEW YORK -- 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 center 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.

The Sacramento Kings have selected Duke forward Marvin Bagley III with the second overall pick in the NBA draft.

Bagley will be a welcome addition in Sacramento's frontcourt. The 6-foot-11 Bagley was AP's player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference during his only season at Duke. He averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting better than 60 percent and has the ability to consistently finish at the rim.

Marvin Bagley III -- 2018 NBA Draft

Marvin Bagley III poses after being drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 NBA Draft.

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  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
  • TV: ESPN | NBA TV
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