2015 Point Guard Receives DePaul Offer

Incoming freshman Jordan Ash picked up his first scholarship offer courtesy of the DePaul Blue Demons today. The young man now has a college offer in hand before he has played a minute of high school basketball. Hear what Ash has to say about the offer and his visit to DePaul in this report.

Jordan Ash paid DePaul coach Oliver Purnell a visit today along with Illinois Wolves AAU coach Mike Mullins. Ash is viewed as a developing point guard prodigy in the state of Illinois. The Blue Demons had Ash on their Lincoln Park campus to witness one of their final practices before they leave for France on Thursday.

"I had a visit for the practice today," said Ash. "We stayed to watch the practice. It was a real good practice. After that we went on a tour around the campus. Then that's when they took me in the office and told me that they were going to offer me."

Jordan was beyond excited to receive his first collegiate offer from the Blue Demons.

"It's a feeling that you can't really explain because I haven't been to high school yet," said Ash. "Then for it to be in the Big East conference as well, that's huge."

Besides the DePaul offer, Ash is receiving interest from Big 10 schools – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Despite the interest, Ash isn't letting this go to his head.

"I know how to stay humble and know how to handle these things," said Jordan.

Ash started out his visit watching the Blue Demons practice.

"It was nice," said Ash. "They have a lot of talented players. The practice was very organized."

He followed that up with a walk around campus.

"It's a great campus," said Jordan. "It's very nice. It's a really big campus as well. I liked the way the feel is around the campus."

The DePaul staff watched Ash during the July evaluation period with his Illinois Wolves 15-U team, a team led by Dave Kleinschmidt, the younger brother of DePaul legend Tom Kleinschmidt.

Ash learned a lot over the summer from the Illinois Wolves coaching staff.

"My coaches stayed on me," said Jordan. "I got a lot better and smarter as well. They taught me to be more of a true point guard, to take my time and not rushing any decisions. They had me watching a lot of the older point guards to see how they run the game and stuff like that."

Over the summer, Ash decided that he will attend St. Joseph's High School in suburban Westchester. St. Joes offers Ash the perfect blend of books and basketball.

"I know there I will get a great education first of all and then they have a rich history of basketball there," said Ash. "When I saw St. Joes, I knew that was the right school for me."

St. Joes is led by the legendary coach Gene Pingatore. Talking to Pingatore solidified Ash's decision to attend St. Joes.

"I talked to him a lot," said Ash. "He's old school. He doesn't really tell you what he wants you to do. He just wants me to go in there and play hard and then whatever happens, happens."

Pingatore also has a reputation for not playing freshmen at the varsity level very often. If Ash does play varsity this year, it will be because he earned it.

"He's a guy that doesn't make any promises," said Jordan. "He just said that come tryouts if I feel that you're ready, then I'll put you where I feel you need to be."

Ash is arguably the best point guard to arrive at St. Joes since a young man named Isiah Thomas in the 1970's. Jordan is a student of basketball history and is familiar with Thomas.

"It's very humbling to know that I could follow in his footsteps knowing what a great player he was," said Ash.

Ash has also heard stories of Thomas' play from Pingatore.

"The first time I met with (Coach Pingatore), he shared a lot of memories of his former players."

All in all it was a day filled with a big honor for Jordan Ash.

"I didn't expect anything quite like this," said Jordan. "It's truly a blessing. I'm just happy to have any type of college interest without me even being in high school yet."

Note: Ash was on DePaul's campus with two other members of the Illinois Wolves program - Andrew Zelis (Wheaton North) and A.J. Riley (Peoria Manual) who are both rising juniors.


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