O’Dowd’s Ashley transferring to Findlay Prep (UPDATED)

Former Bishop O’Dowd basketball star Brandon Ashley is transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. Ashley mom’s, Lashiem Clark, and Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck confirmed the transfer.

I’ll post more later. If Findlay Prep sounds familiar, it’s the school Jabari Brown transferred to in the summer of 2009, only to later transfer out and enroll at Oakland High.

Here’s what I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.

Basketball star Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is transferring from Bishop O’Dowd High to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., for his senior season. His mother, Lashiem Clark, and Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck confirmed the move Thursday.

Clark said the decision was made Tuesday. Ashley is in Chicago for the Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy and could not be reached for comment.
“He will develop at a faster rate and also at a steady rate,” Clark said of the motivation to transfer. “Most importantly, the academic move is lateral.”
Clark and Ashley recently visited Findlay Prep and were sold on the idea of transferring
“We both fell in love,” Clark said. “We just think it’s a good move for him. Not to slight Bishop O’Dowd at all. It’s a great school. We can’t say one bad thing about them.”
Ashley is ranked by ESPN as the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2012 class and the No. 2 overall power forward. He helped the Dragons reach the California Interscholastic Federation Division III boys state championship game the past two years.
“Obviously, he’s a very talented basketball player,” Peck said. “What’s even more important is he’s just a solid person. A good kid, good student, he’s well-rounded and has a great support system with his mom back at home.”
Peck said the players Ashley will face daily in practice and throughout the Pilots’ competitive schedule should help prepare him for college.
“From a playing standpoint, it’s going to make him better,” Peck said. “He’s not going to have to wait for the one game every eight or nine games where he’s got someone to challenge him. He’ll see that every day in practice.”
Findlay Prep is a basketball academy and the players attend the Henderson International School. The team plays a national schedule and the players live together in a large home near the school.
Bishop O’Dowd coach Doug Vierra spoke warmly about Ashley, whom his team will certainly miss.
“Brandon’s been a huge part of our basketball family for the last three years and a huge part of our success,” Vierra said. “I think I’m not alone in speaking well of him and his time with us. Everybody on the team wishes him well for his future.”
Ashley averaged approximately 15 points and 10 rebounds for O’Dowd this season and was a first-team All-East Bay selection for the second straight year. Cal-Hi Sports named Ashley its Division III state player of the year and the junior player of the year.
His season was capped with a 28-point, eight-rebound performance in a 64-59 state title game loss to Lutheran-La Verne in which he was lauded for his performance against Grant Jerrett, a 6-8 Arizona commit to whom he’s been compared.
Ashley is the second East Bay player in recent years to transfer to Findlay Prep. Jabari Brown transferred from Salesian in the summer of 2009 and played half a season with the Pilots before moving back home and enrolling at Oakland High. Brown led the Wildcats to the Oakland Section title this year and will attend Oregon in the fall.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • junior

    unlimited transfers for all students. no boundries. any student can attend any school (IF that local school has an opening- a kid in the district cannot be bounced for an out of district kid).

    That is the American way- freedom of choice.

  • hoops

    gdog….I do not want to get all negative here but I know that DLS use to have PE classes that had most of the bb players in it.If not a trusted person was lying to me.Whether PE class is accurate or not, are you saying that Alloco does not practice with his players anytime betwwen March and November?They definitely practice and he may do it using loopholes like having an AAU team that is all DLS guys or some other BS but they definitely put in a tremendous amount of time.As long as the players are for being required to devote that much time I am ok with it.It becomes a problem when kids are forced to play 365 days a year if they want to play for DLS or any other school.This is why NCS should drop the practice rules.It makes people lie and cheat and bend the rules in every way possible.As a coach you should not have to teach your 16 year olds this is how you get around the rules.

  • lonewolf

    Findlay Prep..is a vain attempt to follow the European format of true club soccer academy’s. In Europe many of the large soccer / sport clubs have full scale youth academies, school and soccer are all one. But the schools / academy’s in Europe are true schools of higher education that also incorporate sport training. Eventually you will start see this more in the US.

  • Gdog


    Maybe they were all in the same class playing dodge ball. You have kids at every grade level with different apptitude levels and you are going to have all their schedules work so they can be in the same PE class? Sounds like Findlay Prep possibly with custom curiculum and 3-4 kids per class. Heck, Ashley & Artis just should have enrolled at DLS as Freshman and got 4 full years in instead of 1. BTW DLS is still practicing in March because they are playing for a state title while most teams’ seasons ended a month earlier. You can get pretty good with an extra month to practice.

  • hoops

    GDOG…on the one hand you state that it is not possible for DLS to have a PE class for basketball players due to schedules,etc.,but in your prior post you said EBAL schools and others do it all the time.Why is it possible for them but not DLS?Anyway the main point is that DLS practices all year round one way or another.How they do it is not the point, but they do it.Just admit it.It is ok.They still have a great program and Allocco is still a great coach.I have personally seen them lose a summer league game several years ago and immediately go out of the gym and start practicing on the outdoor courts FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS.They execute better than anybody,their attention to detail is second to none and they play with passion.For hopefully the last time with no disrespect intended, all I am saying is if you have some idea of Allocco showing up for practice in November, going hard for 2 weeks before their games start and having some supernatural ability to teach his team to execute at the level they do, you are in fantasy land.They PRACTICE ALL YEAR ROUND.Talk to someone who plays for them.Really.DLS is awesome but they do what they do to become awesome…which is practice year round.To play at their level it takes constant repetition.That takes time.They spend the time.They are not evil.Just making a point.Go Spartans.Other teams practice almost as much but they do not have Allocco.Practice does not make perfect.Perfect practice makes perfect.Hence the Allocco edge.The only coach better than Allocco coaches another sport at DLS.You may have heard of him.

  • Ebalfan #2

    Playing dls basketball is a miserable experience but they excel. This years team had the lowest level of talent in 10 years but they won NorCal. Kids show up on there own at 6 AM to shoot 500 3 point shots before school starts. Nothing replaces desire to be the best.

    Findlay Prep is a joke.

  • BOD Pastime

    Coach Perenon was a great coach and a good man. His discipline and ability to mold boys into men will no doubt be missed in the coming years at O’Dowd. I played under the man and yes, he and the assistants could be tough, but the life skills I learned from playing football at BOD are still with me to this day. I also had Vierra as a teacher and I can say that he is also a great teacher and molder of honorable people, which is what HS sports should be all about.

    Ashley will regret his decision in 10 years time, NBA or not.

  • dgreen

    I think everyone has great points, I just think there is no reason for him to leave BOD especially as a senior. he has already put in so much time at BOD and what about his teammates. he is going to go to a big time school anyway so to leave kn ow just shows no loyaty to his team. And Coach Vierra has done a great job at BOD. And it is true he may not go deep into his bench but at the same time he teaches the game. AndI remember when there was no issue about if ur kid played or not, he is learning how to compete and be part of a team. thats what is most important.

  • dgreen

    SJ510, so hy do you think he is going to Findlay Prep? just go for one yr to play against top talent, he obviosuly will be doing that in a yrs time anyway so why transfer now after 3 years at BOD? tell me. And im well aware of the type of recruit he is, which is my whole point, he is getting all the attn he needs, so why leave. Terrible decsision by the parents in my opinion, but I guess playing against more guys his size is a good reason becasue around here he doesnt. So I am not sure how he does in AAU against bigger guys but that seems to be the only reason I could think for him to want to go to Findlay prep, him and the kid from Salesian.

  • hoops

    He has the I only care about myself disease and he caught it in the AAU program from an AAU “coach” who was fired from his high school job for blatant recruiting and having his recruits all live in a house ala findlay prep.Just a great person for his mother to be seeking advice from.Leave your friends,teammates and all of the relationships you built in 3 years at BOD because some AAU guy determines you will have a better path to the NBA at a fake school in Las Vegas.If he was going to some special national basketball program with most of the best players in the country to play against everyday and had a real educational experience with it, I would say do it.Once in a lifetime experience.Findlay is not going to be a difference maker in his NBA future.It may well turn out to be a BIG negative when you consider losing out on his final year at a real school may affect him for the rest of his life.

  • Prep Fan

    Ashley’s sister transferred into BOD for her senior season from Amador Valley, so it may not have taken much advice to convince mom that moving schools was the way to go. After all, the grass is always greener somewhere else.