Ash taking things slow

One of the best prospects in Illinois in the class of 2015, Jordan Ash is taking things slowly.

For Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph's guard Jordan Ash things are moving slowly. The 2015 prospect already has high major offers, but is still coming off the bench for his high school team. Ash says that however is by design.

"It is a learning experience right now," said Ash. "Coach (Gene) Pingatore is bringing me along slowly like every other young player. We are trying to come together as a team and get as good as we can."

At about 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Ash is being asked to play both guard spots this year and he says he is working on getting better all around.

"I am trying to get better at everything," said Ash. "On this team my role is to score the ball so I have been working on my shooting a lot."

Recruiting wise numerous schools are showing Ash a lot of attention.

"I have been hearing from all around the Big Ten, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, also DePaul and Marquette," said Ash.

So far Ash has made visits to Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, DePaul, Northwestern, Marquette, and Indiana.

He says hearing from the in-state Illini has been very good.

"It is great to hear from them," said Ash. "They have a fantastic program and they have a good program and are off to a fantastic start. It is a blessing to be recognized by Illinois."

One school that hasn't offered, but could during the summer is Michigan. Ash was impressed with what he saw of the program on his unofficial visit.

"I went down there when they played Massachusetts for the football game," said Ash. "Coach (John) Beilein is just like Coach Pingatore in that he does things slowly. He won't offer until June 15, and I just really like Michigan."

Also the trip to Indiana is one that made an impression on Ash as he got to see the facilities and get to know the team.

"When I went down there it was pre-season," Ash said of Indiana. "A few players weren't there, but I was there all day and I got play some five-on-five and I got down the academic center and got to meet the coaches. It was a good experience."

For now Ash is just taking things slow in his recruitment and examining all of his options while focusing on helping his team win as many games as possible.


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