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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- DeAndre Ayton, the top prospect in the Class of 2017, says he thinks more high school stars will now consider playing professionaly overseas -- or possibly going to the NBA D-League if salaries rise high enough -- instead of going to college.

"I think Terrance Ferguson opened their eyes up, I think a lot of dudes are gonna go overseas," the 7-foot-1, 235-pound Ayton said of Ferguson, who is expected to play overseas, possibly in Australia, after failing to qualify for Arizona.

The overseas trend has been widely covered in recent years after American (or American high school) players like Brandon Jennings, Jeremy Tyler and, most recently, Emmanuel Mudiay spent time overseas before heading to the NBA.

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ARDSLEY, NY - May 22: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
ARDSLEY, NY - May 22: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

CERRITOS, Ca. - Trevon Duval took home the Most Valuable Player award at the 14th annual Pangos All-American Camp.

"It was great," said Duval, the 6-foot-3 Class of 2017 point guard out of Dallas (TX) Advanced Prep International. "It was kind of unexpected. I didn't even know they were giving out MVP's. It was good to get it. It means a lot to get it playing against so many talented players."

Stanley Johnson, the 2013 Pangos MVP, provided Duval with the award.

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- There have been few big man more impressive than DeAndre Ayton over the past year.

The Class of 2017 7-footer from the Bahamas led his California Supreme team to a 3-2 record at the Nike EYBL stop here, and a 10-6 record over the course of the four sessions on the EYBL circuit, averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

The No. 1 ranked player in the nation -- and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft -- has recently maintained that Kansas is the only school really recruiting him. But now he says he has been hearing from quite a few schools recently.

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DeAndre Ayton, who could turn out to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, continues to say that Kansas is recruiting him the hardest.

"Right now I think schools are coming at me now," the 7-foot Ayton out of Phoenix (AZ) Hillcrest Prep told Scout.com. "Kansas is still there. Kansas has always been there. They've been recruiting me since I was in the 9th grade. Other schools are starting to catch my eye."

Two years after landing eventual No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, and one year after landing Josh Jackson, the projected No. 4 pick in 2017 by DraftExpress.com, Kansas could follow it up with Ayton.

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DeAndre Ayton is 7 feet tall, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

You would think a slew of elite programs would be recruiting him at this point.

But Ayton told reporters at the Nike EYBL stop in Indianapolis that only one school is recruiting him seriously at this point.

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The World Select Team for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit was announced on Thursday.

Featuring many of the best players in the world who are 19 years old or younger, the game will take place on April 9 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Among the players on the roster are Edin Atic (AEK Athens, Greece/Bosnia & Herzegovina), DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest Academy, Ariz./Bahamas), Isaia Cordinier(Denain ASC Voltaire/France), Andres Feliz (West Oaks Academy, Fla./Dominican Republic),Harry Froling (Australian Institute of Sports/Australia), Justin Jackson (Hill Academy/Canada),Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Canada/Australia), Lauri Markkanen (HBA-Marsky Helsinki/Finland), William McDowell-White (Ignatius Park College/Australia), Wesley "Mogi" Silva (Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo/Brazil), Martynas Varnas (Zalgiris Kaunas II/Lithuania) and Ziming Fan (Foshan Long Lions/China).

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DeAndre Ayton, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2017, impressed observers at the Basketball Without Borders camp in Toronto over NBA All-Star weekend and is the unofficial pick to go No. 1 in the 2018 NBA Draft.

"Could really benefit from a year in college under a respected and strong-minded coach that will challenge him, but there are major question marks if he can get eligible due to the controversy surrounding his 'high school,'" DraftExpress.com wrote. "Only time will tell, but may be too talented to pass up at the very top of the 2018 NBA Draft regardless."

A native of the Bahamas, Ayton is being courted by Kentucky, Duke and Kansas, among others.

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Back on New Year's Day, DeAndre Ayton made a bold statement when he came to New York for the Grind Session.

"I don't want no doubt," the 7-foot, 235-pound Ayton told SNY.tv at Baruch College. "This season I've got to show everybody there's no doubt that I'm the No. 1 player."

On Wednesday, Ayton was ranked the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 by Scout.com, with fellow bigs Mohamed Bamba of The Westtown (PA) School and Wendell Carter from Atlanta (GA) Pace Academy slotting in at Nos. 2 and 3. Trevon Duval, a point guard from Dallas (TX) Advanced Prep International, and Michael Porter Jr., a small forward from Columbia (MO) Tolton Catholic, round out the top five.

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On top of getting a key Big 12 win over Texas on Saturday, Kansas also hosted two likely pros on the recruiting front in Josh Jackson and DeAndre Ayton.

The 6-foot-8 Jackson out of Prolific Prep (CA) is the No. 1-rated prospect in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com and is the projected No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

Jackson's mother, Apples Jones, played college ball at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas, and Kansas head coach Bill Self watched Jackson at the Marshall County Hoopfest in December.

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NEW YORK -- DeAndre Ayton came to New York City with a chip on his shoulder.

"I don't want no doubt," Ayton told SNY.tv on Thursday at Baruch College. "This season I've got to show everybody there's no doubt that I'm the No. 1 player."

In Hillcrest's win over Victory Prep on Thursday at The Grind Sessions, Ayton championed his words with effort and production. With put-back dunk after put-back dunk (I counted four in the first half alone), Ayton invoked flashes of a young David Robinson. Defensively, he used his near 7-foot-5 wingspan to deter shots at the rim with ease.

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DeAndre Ayton , the top prospect in the Class of 2017, says Kentucky is in his top three along with Duke and Kansas.

The 7-footer from Hillcrest Prep (AZ) made the comments to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal while playing in the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington, Ky.

"Just their history and what they've been doing," Ayton said of his interest in Kentucky. "I'm really impressed by all of it."

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BENTON, Ky. - For Josh Jackson, the thought of not committing to home state school Michigan State is difficult.

"It would be real hard," the projected No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of Napa (CA) Prolific Prep said Friday night at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Sparty, the 247Sports CrystalBall current leader, improved their chances to land the coveted wing with the addition of one of Jackson's best friends, Miles Bridges.

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The NCAA is looking into the status of Starshine Prep, the academic program associated with Hillcrest Prep, a Phoenix (AZ)-based prep basketball team that features stars Marvin Bagley III and DeAndre Ayton.

The NCAA sent two officials to visit Starshine Prep on Monday, NCAA spokesman Chris Radford told SNY.tv.

"As part of its review, members of the NCAA staff visited the school [Monday] for a site visit associated with the school's review (I wouldn't characterize it as an investigation)," he said via email. "The school's account will be updated on the EC website when the review is complete and a decision has been reached. It is also worth noting that since Hillcrest is a basketball team, not a school, our process is centered on the school, Starshine Academy."

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