Ash, now a junior at St. Joseph (Ill.) High School, has become a recruiting commodity. Schools like Boston College, DePaul and Northwestern (which offered this weekend) have joined the mix with offers.
"It's a great feeling," Ash said of the new options. "I've put in a lot of work and time into getting better, and being a better all-around player. For it to be noticed, it just goes to my coaches, my family and my teammates who put me in a position to do well. I'm grateful for them."
The Boilermakers were among the first to show interest in Ash. Coach Jack Owen believed in a pair from the Illinois Wolves pipeline that has been so rich for the program.
Years later and the interest remains strong. Head coach Matt Painter recently visited Ash at his high school, getting another look at the promising point guard.
"It means a lot," said Ash. "He could have went anywhere and seen anybody, but he came to St. Joe's to watch myself and my teammate, Glynn [Watson]. It's a great feeling to get noticed for something you love doing."
Visiting St. Joseph High was a no-brainer for Painter. There, he finds two of Purdue's top 2015 targets, Ash and four-star guard Glynn Watson.
Ash and Watson are stars on the court and close friends away from it. The two have discussed becoming a duo at the college level.
"We've talked about going to a school together—none in particular, but going to college together," Ash said. "Basically, the thing is if one's a fit for me and another is a fit for him, I want to be somewhere where we can succeed. But if there's a school that's good for both of us, I don't see why we can't go to school together."
What would it mean for Ash if he was able to play collegiately with his friend?
"It's pretty hard to describe," Ash said. "I've known Glynn for a long time now. We go way beyond the basketball court. If we went to college together, it would make the transition easier and we'd have one of the better backcourts in the country."
Coach Painter and Purdue can dream of the duo playing at Purdue. The competition for Ash and his teammate will only continue to grow.