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Tuesday / April 23.

    CHICAGO — The recruiting never stops, not even during the action-packed McDonald’s All-American Game activities.

    Arizona commit and Phoenix (AZ) Hillcrest Prep center DeAndre Ayton said he’s been making the Arizona pitch to undecided players Brian Bowen and Trevon Duval. With Bowen, the room assignments offered an extra advantage.

    “We’re rooming together so I’m recruiting him all the way,” Ayton said of Bowen. “It’s going pretty good. He still hasn’t decided, and he hasn’t given me any hint of what he’s doing, but he’s getting an earful from me every day. I’ve been recruiting Duval as well, and tried to talk to him immediately. I think we could use another point guard.”


    CHICAGO — At times, the McDonald’s All-American East Team practice would look something like a sneak preview of next year’s Kentucky squad.

    Wildcat commits P.J. Washington, Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt and Nick Richards are all playing for Team East this week in Chicago. And during practice scrimmages, many were often part of the same lineup, providing the group with an extra opportunity to play alongside each other. Washington said this experience has been useful, and that the recruiting class — which also includes Canadian guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — will be able to gel quickly in Lexington.

    “There’s a lot of chemistry, and we all know each other’s games,” Washington said. “Quade, with the way he runs the floor, he gets everyone involved and makes everyone happy. Jarred and I are very versatile. Then Nick blocks and rebounds everything. We see each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and we try to build off that.”

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