Future MVP from Balboa City School
September. 20th, 2014
When Deandre Ayton entered Balboa City School in San Diego, CA as a 13-year old 7th grader, he faced many new challenges and experiences. Far away from his home and his family in Nassau, Bahamas, Deandre decided to take advantage of everything Balboa City School and the United States had to offer. Now, Deandre has grown into a 6”11” 10th grader who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best sophomore basketball player in the world. Just as impressive, Deandre carries a 3.40 grade point average and is attracting interest from colleges throughout the United States.
This past summer, Deandre was one of a handful of rising sophomores invited to the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he was arguably the best player in attendance. Deandre returned to his home in the Bahamas in August and played with a local exhibition team, the Providence Storms. He scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead the team in a win over the University of North Carolina.
This year, Deandre will be leading Balboa City School in their inaugural basketball season that tips off November 14th with a national schedule that will take this team of international students all over the United States, including Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and New York. This is a big responsibility for any teenager, but with Deandre’s strong character and a great support system at Balboa City School, a bright future is ahead of him.