Ashley Gearing Up For Camps

One of the more highly regarded prospects on the west coast -- Brandon Ashley -- is gearing up for a big summer. First he's headed to the Nike Hoop Jamboree then he'll participate in the USA Basketball U17 trials.

The next few weeks are big for Brandon Ashley.

This coming weekend the 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward out of Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd will participate in the Nike Hoop Jamboree for the second year in a row.

"I'm definitely excited about it," Ashley said. "It's one of the most competitive camps I've ever been to."

After the Nike underclassman camp, Ashley is one of 19 prospects off to San Antonio for the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team's training camp.

"I'm really excited about that," Ashley told "It's huge. Just the idea of playing for Team USA is a big deal."

Should Ashley make the team he'll travel to Germany July 2nd – July 11th and represent the United Stated in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Up to this point, Ashley has been on the road participating in the Nike EYBL league with the Oakland Soldiers. After the events in Hampton, Houston and Los Angeles the Soliders are 9-3.

"It's real fun playing with everybody," he said. "Everybody has their own thing that they bring to the table. It's just a fun team to be around."

While Ashley is one of the top prospects on his team, he certainly has plenty of help, as guys like Kyle Wiltjer, Jabari Brown, Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson also help carry the load.

"It definitely makes it a lot easier knowing that I don't have to always carry the team," Ashley said. "You can always sit back and let the game come to you. You don't have to force anything."

Ashley, who said he's focused on developing a go-to move this spring, said his best attribute is his mobility.

"Right now I'd have to say running the floor is my best asset," Ashley said. "I have a pretty good handle. I've been working on my jump shot and working on getting stronger and more athletic."

On the recruiting front, Ashley holds offers from UCLA, California, Arizona, Stanford and Washington. He also has interest from "all of the Pac-10" as well as Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Georgetown.

"Recruiting is going real good right now," he said. "I have some big schools coming after me right now."

Ashley has yet to taken an unofficial visits. He did, however, admit that he wants to visit a pair of schools outside of his area.

"Yeah I think North Carolina will definitely be a place I'll visit and probably Kansas as well," Ashley told

When asked specifically about each school, Ashley cited Kansas' coaching staff and North Carolina's environment as reason he likes the two schools.

"Their coaching staff is real cool," he said about Kansas. "Bill Self is easy to talk to and the team is real nice. They always have a good team and it just seems like a nice fit."

"I've been out to North Carolina before," Ashley said. "It‘s real chill out there. It's so peaceful and so nice it almost seems surreal. They always have a pretty good team as well."

Ashley, a four-star prospect, acknowledged that he's still open at this time and that proximity wouldn't be a major factor.

"I have no real idea right now. I could go east or west. There's no sure thing."

Scout Hoops Top Stories