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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
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