Upgrading athletically is one objective for head coach Chris Collins. Luckily for Collins, Northwestern exists in an area rich with high school basketball talent. In other words, Collins doesn't have to travel far to find athletic upgrades. Unfortunately for Collins, though, the Wildcats aren't traditionally seen as a destination for the talented high school players from the metro-Chicago area. Sometimes it only takes one to switch things up and Collins is hoping that combo guard Jordan Ash could be the start of a new tradition.
Ash is a 6'2", 185 pound lefty combo guard from Saint Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois. He received offers from Depaul and Purdue while Illinois and Indiana also expressed interest in the guard. Ash will elevate Northwestern athletically, but he's more than just pure athleticism. Let's take a look at his game.
More importantly, his defense can turn into offense. If allowed he'll create easy buckets in transition for himself and teammates. Aaron Falzon is a great complement to Jordan Ash, as Ash will open up scoring opportunities for Falzon through his defense and drive-and-kick game.
While he's not a point guard, he can handle the ball in traffic. His ballhandling is sufficient enough for him to change directions and be creative getting to the basket. Ash is also smart and unselfish. Some basically describe him as a winning player as he has shown the ability to makes plays to help his team win. When everything is said and done, that's definitely something Northwestern and Chris Collins need to help rebuild the Wildcats.
Opportunities for Improvement
What's broadly encouraging is Collins's recruiting success thus far in Evanston. At a school that holds academics higher than athletics, he's working well under those rigorous conditions. Aaron Falzon and now Jordan Ash are two solid building blocks to help build up the program heading forward. Once you consider the fact that Ash is a local kid, an area Northwestern has struggled to recruit, and Collins is creating hope that he's crafting a potential winner at Northwestern. Now fans are hoping the turnaround under Collins will finally start translating into some wins.