Ashley peaking at right time - Tucson News Now

Ashley peaking at right time

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The fourth-leading scorer in the tournament with an average of 19.7 points per game, Brandon Ashley was recognized as the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Ashley's 19.7 points per game came on 73.1 percent shooting from the field, fifth-best at the tournament, and he also knocked down 21-of-24 free throws. 

He scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting to power UA to a 70-64 win over UCLA in the semifinals, and put up 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor and 8-of-10 shooting from the line as an encore in the finals win over Oregon.

Our David Kelly and college basketball analyst Corey Williams (UA '96) break down some of the things that Ashley is doing well on the floor right now.

Brandon didn't take long to get back into the swing of things following last season's foot injury, ranking second on the team in scoring (12.3/game) and third in rebounds (5.4/game).

He ranks fourth on the team in minutes played (28.0/game) and has played 30 or more in 13 games this season.

He is shooting .515 from the floor on the season and has taken the third-most free throws on the squad with a career-high 155. 

On the defensive end of the floor, he has put up career-high totals in both blocks (24) and steals (21).

Ranked third on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game, Ashley has a career average of 5.5 boards per contest, including a clip of 1.7 per game on the offensive glass. More than 30 percent of his career rebounds (158-of-498) have come on the offensive boards.

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