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21 - Brandon Ashley

Arizona 

  • Birthday: 7/15/94
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • High School: Findlay Prep
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Overall

87

NBA Comparison: Channing Frye

Strengths: Long forward with great fluidity and touch from midrange ... The wingspan gods were very generous with Ashley ... Even though he's short for a power forward at 6'8" his 7'3.25" wingspan allows him to play bigger than he stands ... This shows most in his ability to be a presence on the boards ... He was at his best on the defensive boards, which will be crucial if he wants to remain a power forward in the NBA ... With the NBA venturing further and further into small ball and position less basketball, Ashley has a shot to find a niche ... Offensively he has a great face up post game ... Capable of putting the ball on the floor and knocking down a jump shot out to 17 feet effortlessly ... Along with his productivity in the mid range area, Ashley is a better than average free throw shooter as he made 72 percent for his career at Arizona ... Is very good running the floor and in transition ... Has worked well with other talented players in college, should have no problem adjusting to a role in the NBA ... Not an explosive athlete but is very quick for his size ... Has developed good footwork and uses an array of fakes on the low block ... Ashley also possesses broad shoulders that suggest he should be capable of filling out his body and improving on his strength once part of an NBA workout program ...

Weaknesses: Does not have the strength to battle with most NBA big men ... Really needs to fill out his body and quickly ... Despite an outstanding wingspan, he struggled to score against bigger defenders, both in terms of height and weight ... Also, wasn't as impactful on the defensive end ... Was barely a presence in the paint on the defensive end ... Often got lost or was late to rotate as the help defender ... Doesn't have one skill that he is great at ... Very poor offensive rebounder ... Rebounding never reached the numbers most would've expected from Ashley ... Too dependent on his jump shot at times ... Settled for contested jumpers instead of taking his defender into the paint ... Seemed stuck in between becoming a perimeter based player and developing a post game ... Needs to figure out what type of forward he wants to be ...

Notes: Ashley, a former McDonald's All-American, is small for his position at 6'8" but has the length to make up for it with a 7'3.25" wingspan ... Tore a ligament in his right foot midway through his sophomore year ... Named to All Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2014-15 ... Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament ... Measured 6'8.5 (in shoes) 217 lbs, with a 7'2.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy

Overall: Ashley was a highly-touted recruit out of high school that never reached his full potential in three seasons of college ... However he is coming into the NBA at the perfect time ... While not the ideal makeup of a traditional power forward his ability to play facing the basket will be highly valued by most teams compared to similar players in previous drafts ... His wingspan being so long (7'3.25") will keep him on team's radars even if he goes undrafted ...

Brandon Jefferson 6/18/15

June 23, 2015


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