Just like his former teammate T.J. McConnell, Brandon Ashley is making his way around the NBA. On Monday, Ashley worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced.
Prior to this workout, Ashley said he had already worked out for the Spurs, Bulls, and Grizzlies and has workouts with the Suns and Warriors up next.
Ashley is somewhat of a tweener at the next level. He doesn't have the lateral quickness to guard small forwards and he's undersized as a power forward after he measured at 6'8.5" with shoes at the NBA combine while possessing a pretty thin frame. He'll have to be a stretch four, and he realizes this. As such, one of his main goals when he works out for these NBA teams is to showcase his shooting range and ability to space the floor. Ashley told Lakers.com:
"For someone like me who says he’s a stretch four, I think I need to prove that I can shoot the ball pretty well," Ashley said. "I think I did a pretty decent job of doing that. Obviously every player’s gonna say they can do better, but I still think I did a pretty good job showing what I can do."
Ashley's shooting numbers experienced a bit of a dip this season as he made just 33.3% of his three point attempts, after shooting 37.9% from behind the arc as a sophomore. His free throw shooting percentage also fell from 76% to 70%.
Aside from just proving his ability to shoot the ball, Ashley added that he's also looking to improve on the defensive side of the ball, and to become more of a versatile defender since playing the four in the modern NBA means having to guard players like LeBron James for significant periods of time.
It's kind of tough to say what Ashley's chances of being drafted are right now. Some mock drafts have him being selected near the top or middle of the second round, while others, including the reputable DraftExpress.com, have him going undrafted.
You can watch Ashley's interview along with some footage from his Lakers workout here: