Jordan Ash is a 6'-0" floor general who is one of the top prospects in the class of 2015 in the state of Illinois. He played up an age level with the Illinois Wolves 15 and Under team this summer. It was a great experience for him.
"It is amazing to play with these guys. I think I have the best group of teammates in Illinois and one of the best in the nation. It is great to know I can trust my teammates to score or make a play."
One of the reasons Ash is considered such a highly regarded prospect already is his ability to successfully run a team and be a leader on the floor. It is even more impressive when you consider he is doing it with and against players older than him.
"Ever since I started playing basketball, I have been playing up. I have always been the captain of my teams, so it is really nothing different with these guys. I go out and learn from them, and they learn from me."
He is smooth and under control running the point, but don't sleep on his athleticism. The guard can jump out of the gym. He displayed this with a huge block where he caught his man from behind, swatted the shot, and fell into a group of college coaches.
"Most of my athleticism is inherited, as my dad used to get up. When I get a chance to get up, I want to be aggressive and attack."
Ash enjoyed playing during the July evaluation period.
"It went great. This is my first year doing it. It is just playing basketball. I like competition, and there is a lot of competition out there. It makes you better every game."
What is it like to play with a row full of high-major colleges coaches on the baseline?
"It is a feeling you can't really describe. This was my first time doing this, so it is crazy seeing all these coaches I see on TV. I know they are watching me, and I have to go all out and show them I can play."
One of the coaches watching was Illinois coach Bruce Weber.
"It is really cool because I have seen him on TV my whole life. He coached a lot of my favorite college players like Demetri McCamey. It is great he has some type of interest in me, and I've not even played in high school yet."
He is not really concerned with recruiting yet, considering he hasn't even played a high school game. He has heard from a few schools however.
"I have received letters in the mail from Ohio State, Creighton and DePaul."
Ash will be attending Westchester St. Joseph next year and is looking forward to playing at the high school level.
"I will be trying to play my game and learn a lot from Coach (Gene) Pingatore."
He will have plenty of young fire power alongside him, in particular Illinois sophomore prospect Paul Turner and fellow top-five freshman Joffrey Brown.
"It is going to be great. I played some in summer league with St. Joe's. It is real nice playing with those guys. We are going to be pretty good in a couple years and continue to get better."
Ash is mature on and off the court while having a big-time game. He is likely going to make an instant impact on the high school scene as a freshman.