Julius Ashby signed a letter of intent to play for the Buffs on Wednesday. He had interest from several Big 10 and Big 12 schools, including an offer from Indiana. Ashby will be one of seven new faces suiting up for Colorado next season."> Julius Ashby signed a letter of intent to play for the Buffs on Wednesday. He had interest from several Big 10 and Big 12 schools, including an offer from Indiana. Ashby will be one of seven new faces suiting up for Colorado next season.">

Ashby on board

Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College basketball player <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=50468"><b>Julius Ashby</b></a> signed a letter of intent to play for the Buffs on Wednesday. He had interest from several Big 10 and Big 12 schools, including an offer from Indiana. Ashby will be one of seven new faces suiting up for Colorado next season.

"I like the team and their style of play," Ashby said when asked why he chose the Buffs. "I like the coaches and the town."

Ashby made his official visit to Colorado during the team's win at home vs. Nebraska in March. He drew recruiting interest from Penn State, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State and Nebraska, among others. The only other official recruiting trip he took was to Indiana, who also offered him a scholarship, according to Ashby.

At 6-foot-9, 220-pounds, Ashby played the 5 in junior college. He said he's better suited for the power forward spot, a position where CU will need help after the graduation of Lamar Harris.

"I'm more of a 4," Ashby said. "I'm athletic. I rebound and block shots, I can score in the post. I can shoot from 15-16 feet."

Ashby was born in Trinidad, and graduated high school in the Caribbean island. But he's also lived in New York City and Canada. He led Marshalltown with 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game last season, and shot 64 percent from the floor.

"He runs the floor like a deer," Marshalltown assistant coach Nathan Courtney told BSN recently. "He's still coming into his own so his best basketball's probably still ahead of him."

It's still unknown whether or not Ashby will get to play alongside David Harrison, the 7-foot center who is still deciding whether or not to return to Colorado for his senior year, or turn pro. Ashby said he didn't have any insight into Harrison's plans.

Ashby will join fellow recruits Martane Freeman, Marcus King-Stockton and Rich Roby in the 2004 class. Transfers Andy Osborn and Michel Lasme will also be on board when play begins in November after sitting out the mandatory year. Forward Keith Smith, who redshirted this past season, is the final new face who will also be in the mix.


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