Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — After playing against 6-foot-8 point guard Kyle Anderson in the Peach Jam quarterfinals Thursday night, Brandon Ashley had some interesting things to say about his opponent.
“He’s the slowest player I’ve ever played against in my life, yet he’s one of the most skilled you will ever play in the world,” Ashley said after his Oakland Soldiers beat the Playaz Basketball Club, 79-73. “There’s something about he’s a 6-8 point guard but you really cannot stop him. He gets in the lane whenever he wants to. It’s always a challenge and it’s always a great game playing against Kyle.”
Asked if he thought Anderson would play point guard or more of a point forward at the next level, Ashley said: “I feel like he’s more of a point forward, maybe a three man, once he gets to the next level. Going against point guards, I don’t know if he’ll be able to keep with them but I mean, I put nothing behind him. He can definitely do it if he wants to.”
Anderson is considering Seton Hall, St. John’s, Georgetown, Florida and UCLA, while Ashley is expected to trim his list soon, with Arizona and Oregon expected to make the cut.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.