The Arizona Wildcats received disappointing news Monday that star forward Brandon Ashley has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.
Ashley is the second of what could be three players from the Wildcats starting lineup that will need to be replaced. Still, Ashley’s decision comes as the biggest surprise of the group seeing as he isn’t viewed as a projected selection in the Draft.
Most analysts barely have Brandon Ashley listed as a top 100 prospect, let alone a first or second round selection.
Nonetheless, Ashley averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest during his junior season and has been excellent throughout his three-year Wildcats career.
The 6-foot-9 Ashley possesses an excellent diversity in his game being able to knock down outside jump shots while also using his great length to glide to the hole. There remains an outside chance, however, that Brandon Ashley could use his strong NCAA Tournament and a series of solid workouts to elevate his status into the draft.
Franchises always view potential as a major component to their selection process and Ashley could be an invaluable piece to a championship puzzle.
Meanwhile, Arizona head coach Sean Miller will be forced to replace three of his most talented players from a team that came just two games shy of capturing a National Championship.
One of Miller’s strengths has always been his ability to recruit players and this responsibility will again be put to the test for one of college basketball’s preeminent programs.
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