NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — That Oakland Soldiers are one of the most star-studded outfits on the summer recruiting trail.
With guards Nick Johnson, Josiah Turner and Jabari Brown and 6-9 bigs Kyle Wiltjer and Brandon Ashley (2012), the Soldiers drew everyone from Roy Williams to Gary Williams to Ben Howland at last week’s Peach Jam.
“Before the game I notice who’s in the building. But when the game starts, I’m all about the game,” Wiltjer said.
Wiltjer missed at least one game at the Peach Jam with painful migraine headaches that forced him to visit the emergency room.
“Usually I just sleep it off,” said Wiltjer, a Portland, Ore. native. “But I got dehydrated because I threw up a couple times. So I had to go to the doctor and get IV’s and stuff.
“It’s like one of the most painful things I’ve had to…I mean, it’s worse than a basketball injury because I can’t see anything.”
Wiltjer has to avoid hot dogs and processed meats to avoid the migraines, but thinks the heat may have triggered this one.
As far as schools, the No. 4 power forward in the nation is looking at a ton of high-academic progams such as Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, USC, Stanford, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Texas.
“Pretty much everyone’s equal right now,” he said.
Wiltjer said he plans to narrow his list after the July evaluation period.
Ashley, an Oakland native, is the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2012 and lists several Pac-12 schools.
“I have offers from UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Washington and Stanford,” he said.
“I can’t say I have any favorites right now.”
Ashley said the list will probably “end up growing and then I’ll end up cutting it down later in my junior year.”
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