Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Statistics: 21.7 MPG, 8.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 0.6 APG, .537 FG%, .727 FT%, 1.000 3FG%
Brandon Ashley has been by far the most consistent freshman Wildcat. From the get-go he has been high-energy, aggressive and fun to watch. He started the season with significant expectations. Nationally, he was the 16th-rated recruit overall, and Doug Gottlieb pinned him as the country's Freshman of the Year.
To open the season, Gottlieb wasn't that far off. Ashley stuffed the stat sheet in his first game. The Wildcats played Charleston Southern, and Ashley finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist. He followed this up two games later with a double-double against Long Beach State, 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Since that point his game has been up and down. He will play very well, like he did against East Carolina State (another double double: 16 points and 10 boards), but will follow it up with a dud of a game (zero points, three fouls, three turnovers against Miami).
In fact, Ashley's most consistent trait is in inconsistency. If you look at his double-digit games, only once has he followed it up with another double-figure game. In the game against LBS he scored 20; the next he scored two. He scored 12 against Texas Tech and then one point against Southern Miss; 11 against Utah, three against Oregon; 12 against Oregon State, then two against ASU.
The inconsistency is to be expected from a freshman, and for the most part Ashley has been solid. He always finds a way to impact the game. If he is not scoring he is rebounding. In six of the last 10 games he has seven or more rebounds. He plays good defense and brings a high level of intensity.
He has been Arizona's best freshman so far this season.