Basketball comes naturally to Jordan Ash. The talented Chicago guard prepares hard but allows things to develop in games.
Ash is approaching his recruitment in the same way. He's researching schools and programs, doing his homework. Ultimately, however, the process must play out.
"I think it will be a gut feeling; wherever I'm most comfortable," Ash said. "In recruiting, you make a lot of relationships with coaches and some you don't. But it's all a business.
"It'll be tough, but at the end of the day, when I feel it in my heart, that a school is the best fit for me, that's where I'll go."
Ash has options. He reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Boston College, Northern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago. Harvard, Georgia Tech, Butler, Xavier, Pennsylvania, Belmont, Marquette are showing him interest, he said.
"I went to Northwestern for Illinois game this season," the 6-foot-, 165-pound Ash said. "I went to (BostonCollege) and Harvard before season. Nothing else is planned right now, but all visits that I may take will be after season."
Ash runs with the Illinois Wolves for AAU and at storied St. Joseph High in Westchester, IL. He said he has no favorites among the schools recruiting him.
Iowa offered Ash a scholarship in early November. The Hawkeyes had been recruiting the combo guard for quite some time before that.
"Iowa is a great school," he said. "I've talked with coach(es) (Fran) McCaffery and (Sherman) Dillard, mainly. I haven't got a chance to get down there but I've watched them and I like the way they play."
Ash performs in a talented backcourt for AAU and high school. His running mate, Glynn Watson, also boasts combo-guard skills.
"(The Iowa coaches) like my toughness, leadership and ability to create shots for myself and my teammates," Ash said. "They like how well I play in transition, too."
Ash believes he fits into the Hawkeyes' up-tempo style, where they press and hope to run for easy baskets.
"After watching them a few games this year, they play good team defense and well in transition," he said. "Coach McCaffery uses a lot of open sets to free driving lanes. They have a great home crowd, which is always fun."
Iowa also has offered Watson a scholarship. Purdue is the other school with opportunities out to the teammates. Perhaps, they will end up in the same college program.
"It's possible, but whenever we talk about it, I want him to go where it is best for Glynn and not worry about me and vice versa," Ash said. "I'm proud of everything he's accomplished and we have different paths to where we are now. So, there's no telling where we could end up in college."
Ash said academics will play a large role in his choice but he's unsure of a major at this point.
"I do want to stay in basketball - coach, trainer, journalist, etc.," he said. "It can always change though."