2012 Intro: Brandon Ashley

North Carolina recently reached out to rising West Coast star Brandon Ashley, a power forward from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd.

"[My coach] just told me that they called him and that they'd be in contact," Ashley said.

UNC is one of a number of schools that have contacted the 6-foot-8, 195-pound standout. To date, Ashley claims offers from UCLA, California, Arizona, Stanford and Washington.

"Basically all the Pac-10 schools are after me and then there's Kansas, Texas, Georgia Tech, North Carolina now and Georgetown," Ashley said.

Juniors can't be directly contacted by college coaches until June 15, so Ashley hasn't spoken directly to Carolina's coaching staff, but he admitted they are a school that does have his interest.

"It's a pretty big school, so I'm definitely interested in it," Ashley said. "At the same time I'm open to everything right now."

Ashley, who has yet to take a college visit, said there are a pair of schools that he's hoping to check out in the near future.

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

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

Ashley has had a busy spring playing with the Oakland Soldiers. His hectic schedule continues this weekend as he'll participate in Nike's underclassman camp – the Hoop Jamboree.

A week after Hoop Jamboree, Ashley will head to the USA trials for the USA Men's Basketball U17 Team.

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

If Ashley makes the squad, he'll travel to Germany from July 2-11 to play in the 2010 USA U17 World Championships.

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