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The Ayton file

(Photos courtesy: AP and Pac-12 Network) (Photos courtesy: AP and Pac-12 Network)

Deandre Ayton enters NCAA play averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game for the South region 4th seed Arizona Wildcats.

The 7-foot-1-inch freshman continued to build his legacy by being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament after averaging 25 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game while shooting 62 percent from the floor. 

Ayton's dominance in Las Vegas included 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA followed by 32 points and 18 rebounds a day later in a victory against USC in the championship game. 

The Nassau, Bahamas native became the first player in conference history to earn Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Most Outstanding Player in the same season.

He is one of only three players in the nation entering postseason play averaging 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds per game, joining Marvin Bagley III of Duke and Jock Landale of Saint Mary's. Ayton and Bagley III are the only players averaging 20 and 11 in the country.

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