Findlay assistant happy with progress recently talked to Findlay assistant Todd Simon. Read on to see his thoughts on Brandon Ashley, Amedeo Della Valle, and the Arizona program as a whole.

With a roster consistently made up of 4 and 5 star high school basketball recruits, Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada has become the preeminent prep school in the nation over the past few years and this year is no different.

"We get a lot of very talented players," said Findlay assistant coach Todd Simon. "We're number two nationally in most the polls and while we'd like to be number one, anytime you're ranked that high it's a testament to the players."

Fortunately for Arizona fans, the Wildcats have been heavily involved with many of Findlay's best players. UA freshman shooting guard Nick Johnson played at Findlay last season, while Findlay senior power forward Brandon Ashley will be a freshman at UA next season.

It didn't take long for Ashley, who played his junior season at Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland, CA, to make an impression on his new coaches at Findlay.

"Brandon's been great," Simon said. "He's a quality kid and has really transformed himself in his time here. He's spent a lot of time working with weights and is much stronger now."

"His game has grown by leaps and bounds. He's expanded his range and is becoming a good shooter and has also tightened his dribble. He's continuing to work on his inside game, which is still where he's most comfortable because he's an impossible matchup due to his length, quickness and strength. He will continue to improve and is just a high-quality combo forward prospect."

Ashley might not be the only Findlay player who is on the UA roster next season.

"Amedeo Della Valle is just a winner," Simon said. "He's a fantastic three-point shooter. In fact, he's close to breaking the school record for three-point makes, which is very impressive considering the caliber of players that have played here. He plays very hard and intelligently, and he is a very good passer because his 6-foot-4 frame really helps him scan the defense."

Expect to see Arizona heavily involved with future Findlay players as UA's coaching staff has made a strong impression on the Findlay coaches.

"Arizona is a very impressive program," Simon said. "The consistency and structure that Sean Miller has instilled is what immediately comes to mind. Everything about his program is very professional.

"He deals with you in a straightforward manner and is a coach that kids are going to be interested in playing for. His players play the game the right way and that's obviously a reflection of the coaching."

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