Strengths: Ayala moves with deceptive fluidity and has a noticeable smoothness to his style of play. The 6-foot-4 guard out of The Sanford School has proven he can run a team, create plays for himself and others, and is a developing leader on the court. He's capable of playing both guard spots. His savvy ball-handling skills, ability to dictate the pace of games, floor sense, feel for the game, and court awareness makes a viable option at point guard. His scoring/slashing instincts and ability to drive and finish (on either side of the basket) with both hands up over defenders allows him to be able to play shooting guard; shoots it well from deep. He's a player who likes to use angles to his advantage whether he's looking to score or pass to his teammates. He has nice size, which allows him to be able to take bumps/contact and still finish when he attacks. After he grabs a rebound he looks to push the ball and get out in the open floor. Defensively, he a nice set of long arms that he uses to help him come up with steals in the passing lane. He has very active hands and likes to make quick swipes at the ball, most of time resulting in steals and fast break opportunities.
Weaknesses: Strength is not too big of an issue at this point in time, but he'll need to get stronger before he goes to college. Needs to increase his foot speed and quickness. This will help him in areas such as lateral movement on defense and beating his man off the dribble on offense (his size and ball-handling are greater advantages for him when he's penetrating). Great shooter off the dribble but needs to continue to work on spot-up shooting. For every couple of smart plays he makes, he makes a bad play here and there. Decision making will continue to get better as he becomes more mature.
Overall: The Delaware native has a very well-balanced game. He can score in bunches but takes pride in being much more than just a scorer. A typical Ayala-like game is when he's scoring, assisting, rebounding, dictating the pace of the game and making plays on the defensive end. The crafty finisher at the basket can also shoot the ball well from the 3-point line, making him a headache for defenses to try to stop. The rising junior already holds a few offers from high-major Division I colleges. Expect that list to grow sooner than later.
Last updated: July 20, 2015