Arizona basketball: Ashley relishes role as older player fighting for U19 Team USA spot

2013-06-15T22:00:00Z Arizona basketball: Ashley relishes role as older player fighting for U19 Team USA spotBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 15, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

A wide-eyed high school sophomore when he first experienced a USA Basketball training camp three years ago, Arizona Wildcats forward Brandon Ashley now qualifies as a veteran.

But that doesn’t mean he has it any easier this weekend while trying out for USA’s U19 World Championship team along with incoming UA freshmen Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

There’s 26 players fighting for only 12 spots on the final team that will go to the U19 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, later this month.

And while Ashley, 18, is one of the oldest players in camp this time, 18 other participants have also played college basketball and the others are younger elite talents such as Gordon, Hollis-Jefferson and UA recruiting target Justise Winslow.

“Quite a few of us are from college but that being said you want to come out and look at everybody as an equal,” Ashley said Saturday via telephone from Colorado. “I feel like any player will say they have a good chance but I feel my chances are pretty good of making the team.”

Read more about Ashley and the U19 hopefuls in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.

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