Ayton works out for Suns, says ‘I know I’m going No. 1’

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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) shoots in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, in Tucson, Ariz. (Source: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
FILE - In this May 15, 2018, file photo, DeAndre Ayton sits on the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery in Chicago. Ayton could be the Phoenix Suns choice with the no. 1 pick in this month’s NBA Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File FILE - In this May 15, 2018, file photo, DeAndre Ayton sits on the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery in Chicago. Ayton could be the Phoenix Suns choice with the no. 1 pick in this month’s NBA Draft. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File
PHOENIX (AP) -

Deandre Ayton went through what he said would be his only pre-draft workout Wednesday and expressed supreme confidence that the Phoenix Suns will use the No. 1 overall pick to select him.

“I know I’m going No. 1,” he told reporters.

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Not that the Suns have told him that, he’s just that confident that the team won’t pass on his combination of size, strength, athleticism and shooting touch.

The 7-foot-1, 250-pound center was born in the Bahamas and moved to the Phoenix area during high school. He said most of his family now lives here. Ayton played his one year of college basketball a couple of hours down I-10 at the University of Arizona. He said it would be “a blessing” to stay in Phoenix for his NBA career.

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Ayton said teaming with young Suns star Devin Booker would be “Shaq and Kobe 2-point-0.”

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