DeAndre Ayton is one of the best big men in the league. With the Phoenix Suns he reached the NBA Finals in 2021 but suffered a disappointing end to the playoffs this year. As the Suns near a sign-and-trade deal to send him to the Indiana Pacers, let’d take a look at DeAndre Ayton’s parents.
DeAndre Ayton was born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1998 to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican/Bahamian mother. Ayton grew up in the Bahamas loving basketball and would reportedly stop at a local gym to watch older children play instead of going home after school.
After playing against much older kids in a church league, DeAndre, aged 12 at the time, enrolled at a summer basketball camp.
Growing up in the Bahamas and his move to the US
At the time, the 6ft 5in youngster played the tuba and enjoyed soccer. Despite this, he was still scouted by the All Bahamian Brand who were visiting Bahamas Academy High School.
Speaking about his upbringing in the Bahamas, Ayton said: “Most people say they’re in poverty because they’ve got a little Android [phone]. Those people [in the Bahamas] don’t have phones. No house phones.
“People live in wood houses, straw houses. No electricity and barely any water, even though we’re surrounded by water. My mom and dad, they really did a good job because they did their best to not show us that part of the world.”
With his natural ability and talent apparent for all to see, Ayton later moved to the US to San Diego, California, to play high-school basketball.
Things didn’t go according to plan, though, and DeAndre would play out his last two years for Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, where he moved with his mother.
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Who are DeAndre Ayton’s parents?
The 7ft 1in, 250-pound center has always had a close relationship with his mom, Andrea, despite the hardships. When DeAndre moved to the US, it was a particularly difficult decision for his family.
“My dad didn’t want me to come,” Ayton told ESPN. “My mom said, ‘Hey, we don’t have [the money]. But it’s a great opportunity.’ She just sent me off. She didn’t care what he had to say.”
However, despite the difficulty Andrea always maintained her son would make it, although not necessarily in the world of basketball.
“Growing up, Deandre would always say he was a star,” she told ESPN. “I never thought it would be basketball. I thought he’d be a comedian.”
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What about his dad?
According to Sports Illustrated, DeAndre Ayton’s biological dad currently lives in Londo, Bahamas. He is of Nigerian descent and reportedly tried to reconnect with DeAndre when he became a top NBA prospect.
Their relationship is somewhat complicated, though.
“He’s a stranger,” DeAndre told Sports Illustrated. “I don’t want to hear nothing he has to say. He’s only contacting me for one thing. What else is he going to talk to me about?”
According to a Bleacher Report feature, DeAndre calls his stepfather, Alvin, his dad. Alvin is a plumber and, during DeAndre’s time growing up in the Bahamas, he’d let his children join his business on days off.
He paid them $20 a day and, by the end of the week, they’d each have $100 cash in their hand.
In the piece, Ayton joked about having a hard decision to make: use the money to attend a local basketball camp or buy $100 worth of candy.
Fortunately for his basketball career, he chose the first option.
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