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.
Brandon Ashley, one of the top players in the Class of 2012, has cut his list and announced his plans for a change of scenery next season.
The 6-foot-9 Ashley said his final list of schools includes Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas and UCLA.
“Those are the schools that recruited me the hardest and longest since Day 1,” Ashley, the No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2012, said according to MaxPreps.com. “It’s definitely nice to be wanted. Those are the people you develop the strongest relationships with.”
Ashley had previously said that Arizona and Oregon were recruiting him the hardest and that he saw coaches from both schools in the front row at every game at the Peach Jam.
Ashley also announced his plans to transfer from Bishop O’Dowd to Findlay Prep, where he will be joined by Oakland Soldiers teammate Dominic Artis.
“I’m leaving the Bay for good,” he said, according to MaxPreps. “It’s definitely going to be a huge change. Leaving my family and friends will be hard, but I’m trying to prepare for the next level. In a way, I’m really doing this for my family…Hopefully someday I’ll make it to the NBA.”
Said Artis: “I had been thinking and considering Findlay Prep for a while but once Brandon decided to go, that sort of sealed it for me.”
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.