AK Murthy PGU
watched Brandon Ashley all year during his senior season at Findlay Prep, one of the nation's powerhouse high school hoops programs, as well as throughout his AAU career with the storied Oakland Soldiers.
That's why anyone who followed our coverage of his prep achievements isn't the least bit surprised to hear that Ashley's been one of the most impressive newcomers to this year's squad and is poised to make a big impact during his collegiate career.
At 6'9 with smooth athleticism and a diverse offensive game, Ashley is truly versatile. Those familiar with his game know he can do it all, whether it's taking his defender off the dribble, posting up, or or hitting the jumper. But how is he going to fit in on a roster with great post depth?
"I think I can contribute in a lot of ways," Ashley said. "We have a lot of guys that can play so I want to be able to contribute and be part of the team. It's a matter of going out there every day and putting the work in."
As a self-proclaimed gym rat, Ashley is no stranger to the weight room. Over the course of his high school career, Ashley transformed his body like few players in the country. Now that Ashley has had time to work with Arizona's lauded strength and conditioning program, his physique continues to improve.
"You have to be physically ready for the toll the season will take on your body," Ashley said. "It's really important to stay on top of your strength and conditioning if you're going to perform at a high level all season long. Findlay prepared me well, but college is another level." PGU
also got a first look at Ashley in an Arizona uniform during the team's trip to the Bahamas, where he was one of the top performers.
"It was great to put on that uniform for the first time (in the Bahamas)," said Ashley. "It felt good. It feels good to compete with Arizona across your chest.
Ashley's list of accolades goes on and on, but you won't find him resting on his laurels.
"Hard work is just as important as talent," Ashley said. "We're all going to put our heads down and sacrifice to get where we want to be. We want it to be a special season."