-Elite physical profile for an NBA big man. 6' 11.75 with a 7' 5.5 wingspan and a 9' 3 standing reach. Tremendous frame 243 pounds. Chiseled with a proportionate upper and lower body. Massive hands.
-Outstanding fluidity and agility for a player that size. Great body control. Can really run the floor when motivated.
-Big time defensive potential thanks to his tools and agility.
-Very quick off of his feet. Able to keep plays alive on the glass thanks to his quick leaping, strength and reach.
-Has some touch around the rim.
-Flat, inconsistent mechanics but has shown that he can make an open spot up 3, something quite rare for a 17-year-old, fairly raw big man. Could become a weapon in time.
-Can make basic high-low passes.Weaknesses
-The game is too fast for him at this stage. Doesn't have a great feel for where to be on the floor, when to attack and when to distribute. Wants to float on the perimeter at times.
-Lacks basic moves in the post. Could use a more reliable jump hook and a counter move.
-Doesn't protect the rim despite his tools and quick leaping ability. Below average awareness and instincts.
-Shoots it very flat with a low release point. Mechanics seem to change by the day. Has potential down the road but it's not realized at this stage, especially considering how many jumpers he takes.
-Very agile but not quite a freak leaper.
-Competitiveness really comes and goes. Best when playing mad but doesn't always have that mean streak or will to compete.
-Has the tools and upside but has yet to show production.Outlook
The second-youngest player on the World Team, Ayton proved to be more prospect than player at this stage of his development. With elite physical tools and potential offensively, it's easy to see why Ayton is so highly regarded, but he seems to leave NBA scouts and decision makers wanting more. Very little has been demanded out of Ayton at this stage, as he hasn't received very high-level coaching, and you can't teach some of the gifts that he has. But does he possess the drive to maximize his potential? If he's able to develop that competitive spirit, Ayton has No. 1 pick potential. The World Team's weak roster most certainly didn't do him any favors. The Bahamas native is one of the most intriguing long-term prospects in all of high school basketball, and it will be very interesting to see how he looks a year from now in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, should he accept an invitation.