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Brandon Ashley Shot Chart

June 29th, 2014 News 7 Comments

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AK Murthy

If TJ McConnell was the engine that made Arizona’s offense run, then Brandon Ashley was the horsepower.

Ashley was nothing short of brilliant on offense during his shortened sophomore season, stretching the floor with accurate shooting while remaining a major threat to finish at the rim. There aren’t many players in college basketball who can do both as well as Ashley did through 21 games last year.

And that’s a large part of why Arizona won all 21 of those games.

Ashley gave the Arizona offense a dimension that opened up the court for everybody. When he was attacking the rim, he drew defenders inside. When he made perimeter attempts, the defense had to stretch or be burned.

The stress this places on his individual defender is one thing, but the greatest value is how Ashley’s presence changes the way an opponent has to play team defense. That’s how dangerous he is.

The chart below illustrates Ashley’s offensive talent, curated from the free data provided by Hoop-Math.com.

brandon shot chart

Clearly Ashley’s percentage from deep was good, but what’s more intriguing is that all 11 of his three point makes came over his last 15 full games. The long ball finally clicked for Ashley when he hit his first of the season against Duke at Madison Square Garden on November 29th.

You could see his confidence rapidly growing, as he nailed six of seven treys over the next three games. He only made three during his entire freshman season. The fact that he was just getting started from outside makes his efficiency from deep all the more impressive.

Ashley took a larger portion of his attempts from midrange than his teammates did but he justified it by hitting 42.2% on those shots, second best among rotation players. Ashley’s ability to incorporate the midrange and three point shot was one of the biggest bright spots for Arizona offensively last season.

His ability to finish at the rim has been known since his freshman year, but one area Ashley has improved significantly is getting to the rim off the dribble. As a freshman he drew far too many offensive fouls by lowering his shoulder while driving, but as a sophomore his work in this area translated to more scoring opportunities at the rim. Ashley’s percentage of assisted shots at the rim was much lower than his teammates at 48.9%. By comparison, Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson, Kaleb Tarczewski, and Gabe York were all over 60%.

What that means is that Ashley was not only shooting from midrange, he was putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim by himself. The only rotation player with a lower percentage of assisted shots at the rim was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with 38.6%.

That kind of dynamic offensive ability is rare from the power forward spot.

But Ashley’s dominance around the rim goes further. He had 25 putback attempts last season, with a putback being defined as a shot taken by a player within four seconds of getting an offensive rebound.

He converted all 25. 100%.

Gordon converted 60% of his putback attempts, while Tarczewski hit 61%. Hollis-Jefferson was closest to Ashley, hitting 77.8% of his putbacks.

Ashley was truly Arizona’s putback king, as putbacks accounted for more of his total shots at the rim than any other rotation player. That’s impressive considering that Ashley also took perimeter shots.

So Ashley was efficient from three point range, hit the midrange shot, got to the rim off the dribble, and exploited the offensive glass into high percentage opportunities.

As a junior, it’s obvious that Ashley will be the focal point of the offense and one of the emotional leaders of the team. As long as his rehabilitation goes according to plan, you can expect Ashley to pick up where he left off as one of the most talented scorers in the country.

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  1. LWash

    June 30, 2014
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    Brandon is a phenomenal player. When he lets the game come to him he is awesome. He has to take fewer moves to accomplish his game because of his legs and arms.

  2. Papadeuce

    June 30, 2014
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    WOW, that putback stat!!! Feel free to launch it up and let Brash go do his thing, haha!

  3. lsg_da_apache

    June 30, 2014
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    BRASH at 100% put backs, that is awesome. He really did spread out the floor. Now he will be one of the leaders of this team next year. Time to SOLDER UP, and BEARDOWN. Lets go get that ‘SHIP!!!!

  4. titan4wildcats

    June 30, 2014
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    With those kind of numbers, it’s not that big of a stretch to believe that the Wildcats would’ve gone undefeated last season if he had not been injured. He was a very efficient, very aggressive baller who did it all. He blocked shots. He created steals. He defended very well. And whenever he had a chance, he scored. He was hard to defend.

    I just hope he heals completely, gets his game back without any delay, and goes all the way through this upcoming season without injury.

    Bear Down Brandon!

  5. steve green

    June 30, 2014
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    Brash will lead us to the PROMISED LAND ,Cats Will bring the title back to Tucson PGU you guys are awesome will order when i can afford keep working hard BA cant wait to see you back on the floor

  6. steve green

    July 6, 2014
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    Pgu is awesome Thank You for your hard work and dedication to all of us that live, breath and love WILDCAT basketball. I grew up in Tucson during the Larson and Snowden years, i live in Eugene and attend every game the Cats play here and trust me i wear my Wildcat gear very proudly among all these obnoxious duck fans. Cant wait for Jan 2015 when the Cats come up here to crush the ducks. Love reading all the info from PGU and all the WILDCAT fans Thank You one and all BEAR DOWN ARIZONA BEAR DOWN RED AND BLUE GO GO WILDCATS GO ARIZONA BEARDOWN THE TITLE COMES HOME TO TUCSON IN 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOO CATS

  7. Jeff

    July 6, 2014
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    Off topic, but I wonder how much Tarczewski will float out for midrange shots when Ashley returns. I don’t recall Tarczewski ever taking a jumper before Ashley was injured.

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