"The season started off pretty slow," said Ash. "Coach (Gene Pingatore) treated me like he treats most of his young players where he would limit my minutes, but as I started to learn his coaching my playing time went up. I start now and we won regionals last week, and are taking things one game at a time."
According to Ash the limit on his early season playing time was simply a test that Pingatore gives to all of his young players.
"The biggest question with me was my mental toughness and I had to prove that to him. Coach was always on me in practice because he wanted to see how I would respond. I am used to coaches getting on me with Coach (Mike) Mullins and coaches before him. I think once I was able to prove I had that he was able to trust me and I have been making strides. My shooting continues to improve, I am using my off hand more, and I have been a better leader who is more vocal on the defensive end."
"Recruiting wise I am hearing from pretty much all over the Big Ten," said Ash. "Also I am hearing from Marquette, DePaul, and Xavier. During the high school season I try to pretty much just focus on the games, and I will look at recruiting more in the spring and summer."
The offer from Purdue was a big one for Ash. The Boilermakers have made a living recruiting the Illinois Wolves AAU program, and Ash has also built up a strong relationship with the coaches.
"It was kind of surprising when they offered," said Ash. "I had talked to Coach (Matt) Painter for a while and Coach (Jack) Owens for a long time as well. I have a pretty good relationship with them. I have been down there two or three times and I am used to the atmosphere around the school which I like. Also the academics at the school are really good, and I really like the coaching staff. They have a staff in place and the players as well to keep the program going in the right direction."
In terms of the two Chicago schools offering, Ash says it is an honor to have that happen.
"I can't put it into words, that is how much it means to me," Ash explained. "They both started recruiting me extremely early. DePaul offered me in eighth grade when I wasn't even thinking about college, and with Northwestern I had talked to them for a while. I really appreciate the blessing to get offers from both of those schools and with them being in Chicago it makes it even better."
For now Ash is focused on finishing up strong during the high school season and then again making a name for himself during the spring with the Illinois Wolves.