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Monday / March 19.
  • Oregon, Arizona in Good Shape With Ashley

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    While his NBA counterparts are dealing with the looming lockout in New York City, Amar’e Stoudemire is in Chicago at his annual Nike Skills Academy.

    Stoudemire is tutoring some of the top big men in the nation, including Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward who will attend Findlay (Nev.) Prep next season.

    “We’re doing a lot of cool stuff,” Ashley, the No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, said Saturday by phone. “A lot of stuff on post moves and everything. He’s teaching us how to get through the pick-and-roll and how to defend it. A lot of simple stuff that’s going to take us a long way.”

    Ashley, who runs with the powerful Drew Gooden Soldiers AAU program, is being courted by a Who’s Who of big-time colleges and says he plans to cut his list to five “as soon as I get back home.”

    Asked who was recruiting him the hardest, he said, “Two schools close to home have been showing me the most love and recruiting me the hardest, and that would be Oregon and Arizona.”

    Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner, two of Ashley’s former Soldiers teammates, are incoming freshman at Arizona, while another former teammate, Jabari Brown, will suit up for the Ducks.

    “I’ve played with dudes all over the country,” Ashley said. “I can’t really say that them being there will affect my decision at all.”

    Ashley said he made the move from Bishop O’Dowd in the San Francisco Bay Area to Findlay Prep, the national power, in order to “get ready for college.”

    “Going to Findlay I’ll be playing top competition year round,” he said. “I’ll be challenged year round. Working out through practices with Anthony Bennett,Winston Shepard and Landen Lucas, I’ll just be playing good players year round and going harder.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • so you are saying arizona is in good shape with another pump and run player? i’m SHOCKED!!!

      when will you guys in the media figure out what is going on?

    • Coming from a fan whose coach was made by WWW, scoreboard!

    • No BostonCat, that’s not what he is saying, at all. The Soldiers have affiliation with Pump and Run whatsoever. I suspect that may be why the media hasn’t caught on yet; just a hunch. Total fail.

    • No affiliation that is.

    • Good stuff AZ.

      Look forward to his Top5 list, next week.

      The Ducks are bottom feeders in the PAC12. So, giving his buddy JB some Duck media time.

      It’s time to Book It.

      Findlay is ideal for Arizona.
      Since Rodney is at Fresno St.

    • Wouldn’t be surprised if the kid ended up at Texas now that he’s going to Findlay. Over/under 3 weeks before JessieWildcat leaves his mother’s basement afterwards.

    • no affiliation with the pump and run brothers….are you living under a rock?