Tuczon, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona Wildcats’ Brandon Ashley will put off plans of joining the NBA draft in 2014 due to a season-ending foot injury he suffered Saturday.
NBA executives projected Ashley as a late first-round or early second-round pick.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Ashley was averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.
“I wasn’t 100 percent (about coming back) before the injury,” Ashley told ESPN.com. “But I’ve thought about it, and there’s a very, very, very strong chance I’ll be back at the University of Arizona next year.”
Freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has since replaced Ashley at the starting lineup.
Arizona is expected to lose freshman Aaron Gordon early to the NBA, but will keep Nick Johnson, T.J. McConnell, Kaleb Tarczewski and Hollis-Jefferson.
They will be reinforced by McDonald’s All-American Stanley Johnson and top-50 recruit Craig Victor.