Sophomore stars to watch this season



October 15, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young takes questions during a mass interview on media day on Sept. 30. CURTIS COMPTON/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS

Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns.

It is clear he is comfortable operating in lofty surroundings, even on a morning in the mountains of Flagstaff, despite a sign on the wall that warned of the dangers of physical exertion at 7,000 feet of altitude.

“What’s that, 7,000? Nah, I need more like 15. That was pretty light,” Ayton quipped. “I don’t have that little chest burn feeling when you’re at such a high altitude. It was fun.”

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