Ashley a Top UNC Target

Brandon Ashley is coming off a terrific summer on the AAU and camp circuit. A top five prospect in the 2012 class, Ashley backed up his ranking with strong outings at some of the nation's top events

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward participated in the LeBron James Skills Academy and led his team deep into the Nike EYBL tournament. To top it all off he played a big role in the Oakland Soldiers' championship in Las Vegas.

"It was a new experience playing against better people, who were stronger, more athletic and taller, so it was a new experience," Ashley said. "But it was fun knowing that you're one of the top guys in the country and you're playing against the other top guys."

Ashley, a standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, said he used the summer to work on different aspects of his game.

"I was working on my outside game, so I'm not just a big man but I can also play the wing a little bit," he said. "I just want to expand my game and work on my post moves because I only really have two legit post moves."

The recruiting process is in full swing for Ashley. He mentioned the entire PAC-10, as well as North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Utah, Nevada, Oklahoma and Wake Forest.

According to Ashley nearly half of the schools involved have offered him a scholarship. At this point North Carolina is among the schools that haven't. The Tar Heels are planning to evaluate him when they can get back on the road.

"They said that I'm definitely one of the top players that they are recruiting in 2012," Ashley said of UNC. "They said they really liked my game and they are going to be recruiting me hard.

"They said they are going to end up coming to a couple of open gyms to see me work out and then to some games during the season."

Although he hasn't taken a visit to North Carolina, it is a school that Ashley is quite familiar with.

"I've seen them over the years," Ashley said. "I wouldn't really say that they are a favorite over any other school, but it's definitely a school that has been known over time."

At this point Ashley, who is ranked No. 5 overall in the 2012 class by, has not set up any unofficial visits.

"I'm just going to wait and see," he said about his recruitment. "Honestly I just have to see what schools are really on me and see who has been there since day one and see what is my best fit. Then I'll start narrowing down the list."

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