Apparently, Brandon Ashley did know where he wanted to go after all.

After a brief, under-the-radar unofficial recruiting visit to Tucson on Sunday, Ashley committed to the Wildcats today, choosing UA over Oregon, UCLA and Kentucky.

Ashley said last week he might schedule visits in late September or early October but decided to end the process now.

"I just think he had a familiarity and a level of comfort there probably the longest going back early in his career," said Michael Peck, Ashley's coach at Findlay Prep. "Sean (Miller) did a good job of showing him a lot of love by being visible at AAU events last year and this year as well. He felt very comfortable and obviously the program's success has been huge."

Said ESPN analyst Dave Telep, "I think what Brandon saw in Arizona was a chance to be reunited with a couple of his former teammates and obviously there's a lot of momentum for Arizona on the floor and recruiting-wise."

Peck said he didn't think Ashley took the visit to Arizona for any specific reason but just to take a further look.

"I think it was just one of those things where he probably wanted to have a more detailed discussion now that his decision to come to us (Ashley left Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd HS) is behind him," Peck said. "He's taken one thing at a time."

Ashley, of course, also knows two UA players well already: He played with freshmen Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner on the Oakland Soldiers traveling team in 2010.

Ashley was unavailable for comment early today but he told ESPN that he knew UA was the right decision.

"After all the time thinking about it and getting to know Coach Miller and having two great teammates (Jerrett and York), I knew it was the right choice for me," Ashley told ESPN.

ESPN is already putting UA in the top spot for 2012 recruiting classes so far, with guard Gabe York and forward Grant Jerrett already having committed. UA has one more scholarship available which it may hold until the spring -- unless another top target such as Kaleb Tarczewski commits.


Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball