Well, the blind and rampant speculation from months ago has occurred, even though it's possibly unrelated. Ashton Pankey is transferring to be closer to his mom and home in Bronx, NY (for all you NYC historical neophytes, I teach on this blog too - it's just Bronx, or Bronx, N.Y. - not "The Bronx" - To paraphrase the #UA commercial, "I Am From There").
Some mention Iona as a possible landing spot, but imho, I emphatically say do not go there AP! Iona doesn't play a shred of D, runs all day, while Ashton's specialty is rebounding/blocking the basketball. Ashton had a serious knack for rebounding while becoming an All-Met player while playing for Bob Hurley Sr. at Saint Anthony's HS and earlier at Archbishop Molloy HS. Here's a nugget you won't find on other blogs and websites: Pankey was the first Freshman to play on Molloy's varsity since Kenny Anderson - NYers who know their basketball especially appreciate that fact - AP had some serious rebounding skills coming out of high school.
Respected analyst Tom Konchalski's comment about Ashton's rebounding prowess at the time of his commit to Maryland in 2009:
New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski described Pankey as a rebounding machine.