Deandre Ayton (left) and Arizona players shoot around with students at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy in Nassau, Bahamas. Ayton said playing soccer as a kid helped him on the basketball court.

Although Ayton says he’s out to prove there’s more to Bahamian sports than track and soccer, he also credits those pastimes.

“I was fortunate that soccer helped me not be a clumsy guy and be pretty nimble on the court,” Ayton said.

Which is why, even with his 7-foot-1-inch frame, Ayton says he’s fast.

“Oh yeah,” he says. “That’s in the blood. We’re very athletic people.”