The 6'8 power forward out of St. Anthony High School in New Jersey said that one deciding factor was the exposure he would receive at an ACC school, and also Coach Gary Williams.
Gary Williams is a great coach and the ACC is the highest level of basketball. I get to play teams like North Carolina and Duke overall there is more exposure, Pankey said.
Exposure for Ashton Pankey might help him with where he eventually wants to end up, the NBA. Moments before he committed, Pankey stated on his Twitter that he was choosing a school that would help him to become a professional basketball player.
Pankey will join a highly talented recruiting class with commits already by Terrance Ross, Mychal Parker, and Terrell Stoglin. Pankey agreed that this top 10 recruiting class played a factor in his decision, and he will surely add to the talented class. Ashton Pankey is the latest to join the gifted class which could get even better if Tobias Harris, one of the top recruits in the nation, decides to join them.
As shown already in the Terp's early season by big men Jordan Williams and James Padgett, freshmen can make an impact right away under Coach Gary Williams. With senior Landon Milbourne leaving the Terps after this season, new recruit Ashton Pankey just may fill the void at the power forward spot.
I definitely bring a lot of energy to the team, and that's what the coaches are looking for, Pankey mentioned when asked whether he could contribute right away.