Ayton embracing expectations

Deandre Ayton.

The top pick of the 2018 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft Deandre Ayton, said he’s ready to exceed all expectations set for him following the Phoenix Suns’ minicamp on Wednesday.

The 7-footer will have a chance to prove himself today when the team plays its first game of the NBA Summer League against the Dallas Mavericks. That game will be televised live on ESPN.

Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m.

“I just have to live up to the hype,” Ayton said.

“Now I’m playing against some competition. We’re scratching each other, fighting each other. Now I know how the NBA works. It’s a grown man’s game, for sure. It fits me because I’m throwing it right back at them.

Two practices a day, I’ve never had that,” he said.

“The body gets fatigued. Recovery is very important. I know that. You have to take care of yourself because you go hard every day.”

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