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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: DeAndre Ayton and Zach Brown Offered

DeAndre Ayton is currently regarded as the No. 1 prospect in high school basketball. Zach Brown is right behind him though, and now both have offers from UK.


With the summer recruiting period heating up, John Calipari is making a concerted effort to go after the top players in the 2017 class.

The top prospect in the class is center DeAndre Ayton, who hails from Balboa City School in California. On Thursday at the NBPA top 100 Camp, the 6-11 Ayton told scouts and media that he has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

"He was just saying he'd love to have me at the school and he's giving me an official offer to the University of Kentucky," said Ayton, via the LCJ. "It was a good feeling, but I want more to come in. I'm working on more.

"Kentucky's a great school. They've got a lot of people in the NBA that's high draft picks. "And sometimes what they fall back on, too, if they don't go that far or get injured or something."

The 6-foot-11 center is currently regarded as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals. Eric Bossi, national recruiting analyst for Rivals, is among those who consider Ayton to be the best prospect in high school basketball.

Evan Daniels, director of recruiting, also ranked Ayton the best recruit in the "Ultimate 100," which ranked ever recruit together in the 2015, '16, '17 and '18 classes.

"Honestly, we didn't really discuss it," said Daniels, via the LHL. "It was, 'DeAndre Ayton is No. 1, and we'll move on.' It was pretty much unanimous. Ayton was the guy

As of now, Ayton also holds an offer from Kansas, who leads his 24/7Sports crystal ball at 100%. That said, it's still very early in Ayton's recruitment, and it appears Kentucky is going to be a player in it.


Another 2017 big man Kentucky has offered is Zach Brown, a 7-1, 256-pound center from Miami Beach High School in Florida. Brown is also playing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, where he's one of the top players to watch.

Brown is rated as a top-10 prospect by 24/7 and Rivals. ESPN has him as their No. 19 prospect in 2017. He now holds offers from Kentucky, Miami, Florida and UConn. Brown told 24/7Sports' Chris Fisher that getting an offer from UK was a dream come true.

"My dad actually just told me," Brown said. "I was very excited because basketball has taken me a long way and that was a dream college for me when I was younger."

Brown cited Kentucky's impressive run of elite big men as to why they're so attractive.

"I just like the way they [use] their bigs and [run] their system around their bigs," Brown said.

Here are some of Ayton's and Brown's highlights: