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Thompson Has High Hopes For Prep-Star Ayton | 10th Year Seniors
By RENALDO DORSETT FROM the No.1 overall NBA Draft pick to a possible number one overall pick of the future, Mychal "Sweet Bells" Thompson lauded the potential of top prospect Deandre Ayton and offered some advice on his path to success. "Stay humble, stay hungry and stay healthy. Obviously he will have to be humble and be willing to be coached, but he's extremely talented," Thompson said. In the early 1970s, Thompson starred at Miami Jackson Senior High where he helped lead the Generals to a Class 4A state title before going on to attend the University of Minnesota. He went on to become a standout for the Golden Gophers and was selected by the Portland Trailblazers No.1 overall in 1978. He noted that the prep prospect scouting system has developed exponentially over the last four decades since he went through the process and that Ayton now has to navigate a much more complicated field. "Keep your inner circle small, don't let a bunch of distractions creep in and derail you from your