NCB On The Trail: Brandon Ashley

Recruit and return: Arizona 

March, 29, 2014
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In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Arizona and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible starting five:
G: T.J. McConnell
G: Nick Johnson
F: Stanley Johnson
F: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
F: Brandon Ashley


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1. Kentucky
Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress make up the most powerful frontcourt in the game. They can score, block shots and rebound with anyone.

2. Arizona
Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Aaron Gordon.
This threesome is strong, long and explosive, and they use those gifts on both ends of the floor.

3. Syracuse
C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Baye Keita.
This bunch has both length and girth while protecting the basket and finishing inside.

4. Florida
Patric Young, transfer Dorian Finney-Smith (Virginia Tech) and Will Yeguete.
If Freshman Chris Walker becomes eligible in December this group could do serious damage together. They are extremely productive and could be dominant on the inside if Walker is playing.

Player of the Year
Marcus Smart. Nothing seems to faze this All-American. When you easily could have walked away from the college game and you come back, that means you are extremely confident in your ability. He has put up terrific numbers across the board, dominated the action at times and makes his team win -- that's what a POY does.
According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, junior college power forward Matt Korcheck (Cochise College) has committed to Arizona's 2012 class with the expectation he will take a redshirt season next year.

The 6-foot-9 Tucson, Ariz. native originally signed with UTEP out of high school but did not suit up for the Miners. He averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for Cochise this season.

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ESPNU's No. 1 ranked prospect Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) tops a list of six players, all ranked among the Top 25 on ESPN.com, for the Naismith High School Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday.

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Arizona head coach Sean Miller announced Monday night the signing of four ESPNU 100 recruits which make up the No. 1 class on ESPN.com.

Joining Miller and his staff next season will be power forward Brandon Ashley (Oakland, Calif./Findlay College Prep), center Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's), power forward Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./Lutheran H.S.) and shooting guard Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Lutheran H.S.).

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