In this new weekly feature, we will analyze the top stories in the recruiting world each week and will break down what it means from stories about spectacular performances to recruiting updates and more. This week, we will take a look at class of 2012 power forward Brandon Ashley‘s (#4) big decision to transfer, class of 2013 power forward Jabari Parker‘s (Watch List) great output for team U.S.A. and class of 2013 small forward Ishmail Wainright‘s (Watch List) de-commitment.
Ashley Transfers to Findlay Prep. Class of 2012 power forward Brandon Ashley (#4) decided to transfer to prep power house Findlay Prep (Nevada) this week after leading his previous high school, Bishop O’Dowd (California), to two straight state championship game appearances. Ashley is joining an already talented Findlay squad that includes class of 2012 summer breakout star power forward Anthony Bennett as well as class of 2012 small forward Winston Shepard (#44) and center Landen Lucas (Michigan State). As you can tell, Findlay Prep will have a fantastic front court since Ashley just brings more versatility and talent to the table. He runs the floor very well and is a great shot-blocker too. Going up against elite talent everyday in practice will only help his growth as a player.
Parker Stakes Claim for Best Class of 2013 Prospect. Class of 2013 power forward Jabari Parker (Watch List) starred in the USA U-16 developmental team’s FIBA America’s Championship victory as he was named MVP by averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals in five games. He had his best game in the opening round against Brazil in a 105-70 win in which he recorded 27 points and 10 rebounds. He followed up that performance with 21 points in USA’s 102-81 win over Argentina the next day. Class of 2013 power forward Aaron Gordon (Watch List) also played very well throughout the tournament as he nearly recorded a quadruple-double in America’s 118-46 victory over Costa Rica with 18 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks. Team USA qualified for next summer’s U-17 World Championships, scheduled for June 29-July 12 in Lithuania.
Wainright Backs off of Commitment. Class of 2013 small forward Ishmail Wainright (Watch List) de-committed from Missouri Saturday after deciding to open his recruitment back up and explore his options further. Wainright committed to the Tigers in the beginning of May after he and class of 2013 power forward Tyrek Coger both took unofficial visits on the same weekend. Wainright told The Recruit Scoop that his list of schools includes West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, St. John’s, U.C.L.A., Arkansas, Baylor, UMKC, Memphis, Kentucky and a few more, along with Missouri. Wainright is a good athlete who excels in transition and is a superb slasher. He’s also a very good defender and still has a close friend in Coger who is a Tiger so don’t be surprised if Wainright re-commits to Missouri and head coach Frank Haith.