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In Las Vegas for Arizona vs UNLV. Wildcats freshman and potential #1 pick Deandre Ayton averaging 26.0 points, 15.6 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per 40 minutes through 7 games. He's shooting 71.9% from two and 28.6% from three. The Bahamas native is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the draft. The 4-3 Wildcats are looking to get back on track against UNLV. Big test for UNLV 7-1 freshman center Brandon McCoy as he squares off against Ayton. Shakur Juiston, last year's JUCO Player of the Year, is also having a nice season as a 6-7 do-it-all forward.

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Ben Simmons warming up with a sleeve on his injured elbow before tonight's game against Cleveland.

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Anfernee Simons and Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell are very close. I asked Mitchell about Simons after a Lakers preseason game in October: "He's talented. He can score at all 3 levels. The main thing I talk to him about is just defense because scorers are easy to come by, scorers who play defense aren't. I've been talking to him a bunch. I wish him the best of luck. He's just a talented kid. Athletic. Knows where to be, knows the game, and I think that's rare to find in a kid that age. He has a bright future."

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Dayton redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Giannis, is warming up in Charleston as the Flyers are set to take on Ohio. The 19-year-old forward has developed physically since the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, where he measured 6-10, 188 pounds with a 7-2 wingspan. Kostas has wide shoulders like his brother did as a youngster. His skill set is still developing. He's coming off of a 10-point, 10-rebound, 4-block game against Hofstra in 26 minutes yesterday.

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