Top HS hoopers DeAndre Ayton and Thon Maker courtside to kickoff NBA All-Star weekend

Top HS hoopers DeAndre Ayton and Thon Maker courtside to kickoff NBA All-Star weekend

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Top HS hoopers DeAndre Ayton and Thon Maker courtside to kickoff NBA All-Star weekend

DeAndre Ayton is participating in Basketball Without Borders Camp.. (Photo: Patrick Breen, azcentral sports)

DeAndre Ayton is participating in Basketball Without Borders Camp.. (Photo: Patrick Breen, azcentral sports)

Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix) center DeAndre Ayton and Athlete Institute (Can.) forward Thon Maker sat courtside Friday night at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge which kicked off NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto.

Perks of being widely regarded as the No. 1 players in their respective classes?

Sort of.

Ayton and Maker are two of 53 campers from 27 countries participating in the second-annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp over All-Star weekend.

Ayton, who is ranked No. 1 overall in the ESPN 60 for 2017, is originally from the Bahamas and Maker, who was ranked No. 1 overall in the ESPN 100 for 2016 before transferring out of the country, is from Australia.

At the camp, which runs from Feb. 12-14, players receive instruction from current and former NBA and FIBA players and coaches like former Rockets center Yao Ming.

Ayton recently won our Chef of the Week award for dropping 52 points, 33 rebounds, 11 blocks, four steals and four assists in a 71-67 win at Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.).

Maker checked in at No. 5 on our list of the top 60 athletes in any sport in the class of 2016.

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