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Arizona is proving itself to be a really complete team, and each week there's someone else who deserves the praise. Nick Johnson started off the season really hot and has cooled as of late, but the Arizona offense has not slowed down because of the emergence of Brandon Ashley.
The sophomore big man just had the best five-game stretch of his career thus far, averaging 15.4 points including a team-high 18 points on Saturday in the two-point win at Michigan.
Ashley has been a great weapon in Sean Miller's offense because he can score so many different ways. And his progression is pretty impressive when you compare how he performed in similar situations last season.
Check out these numbers, via Synergy:
On post-ups, Ashley is scoring 1.143 points per possession compared to 0.733 last year. In pick-and-rolls, he's scoring 1.526 points per possession compared to 0.556 last year. And in isolation, Ashley is scoring 1.333 points per possession compared to 0.526 last year.
C.J. Moore covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @cjmoore4.