Arizona Wildcats forward Brandon Ashley will forgo his final year of eligibility. On Wednesday, Ashley released a statement through the university announcing his decision to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.
“After giving it much thought and talking with my mother and my coaches, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft,” Ashley said in the statement. “I am very proud of my time at Arizona, especially of the success I’ve had with my Wildcat brothers over the last three years. I want to thank Coach (Sean) Miller, the coaching staff, the administration, the fans and the city of Tucson for an incredible college experience and unforgettable support.
“During my time as a Wildcat, I have grown both on and off the court, which has made me a stronger athlete and person today. I know this is the right time for me to make the move to the NBA, and I will continue to be one of the hardest working guys out there until I fulfill my lifelong dream of playing at the highest level.”
For his success this season, Ashley was named an honorable mention on the All-Pac-12 team, along with becoming the Most Outstanding Player at the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament.
Ashley leaves Arizona with career averages of 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds.
“We support Brandon’s decision to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. Brandon had a major impact on all three of the teams that he played on during his time at Arizona,” head coach Sean Miller said. “Watching him overcome the injury he sustained during the 2013-14 season and then have the type of junior season he had was one of my proudest moments as a coach.
“His performance in this year’s Pac-12 Tournament is a sign of many things to come in his future, and we know he’ll be a success in his professional career moving forward. We will miss Brandon’s consistency and maturity off the court in so many ways. In the classroom, he has put himself in a great position to earn his degree and in our community, he was as likeable and engaging as any player we’ve had.”
Brandon Ashley is currently ranked the No. 95 overall prospect in the 2015 draft class, according to Draft Express.
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