Steady Pushing to Improve

Jordan Ash isn't being standoffish when he hesitates after being asked by a member of the media when he can best be reached by phone.

No, it's not that the 6-1, 170-pound sophomore guard doesn't like interviews. It's just that he's usually busy. "If I'm not in the gym I'll be able to talk," he said. A native of Westchester, Ill., Ash began pushing himself to improve his game last spring. He played up an age group with his AAU team, the Illinois Wolves, a necessary and bold move that had drastic positives. "My athleticism...

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