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St. Joseph’s Jordan Ash verbally commits to Northwestern: source

Westchester 3/7/14--St. Joe's Jordan Ash drives toward basket around Timothy Christian's Robert McGivney during Friday's IHSA class 3A regional championship

Westchester, 3/7/14--St. Joe's Jordan Ash drives toward the basket around Timothy Christian's Robert McGivney during Friday's IHSA class 3A regional championship at St. Joseph High School in Westchester. | Jeff Krage/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 12, 2014 11:46PM

The outlook on the court might not be great for Northwestern as it begins play in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night, but off the court the Wildcats’ coaching staff earned itself another huge win.

St. Joseph’s Jordan Ash, a member of the class of 2015, has given his verbal commitment to Northwestern, a source told the Sun-Times.

Ash denied via Twitter that he had made a decision.

Fenwick beat Ash’s St. Joseph squad 73-54 in the Chicago Westinghouse Sectional on Wednesday night.

Ash, a 6-foot point guard, is the first player to commit to Northwestern from the 2015 class. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Purdue, DePaul, Iowa and Boston College.

According to the source, Ash committed to the Wildcats weeks ago but chose to announce his commitment after his team’s high school season. Ash is expected to announce officially in the coming days.

Since taking over the program, Northwestern coach Chris Collins has made clear inroads with a number of players in the Chicago area. In particular, he has had success recruiting Catholic school players.

Both 2014 commits Vic Law (St. Rita) and Scott Lindsey (Fenwick) are Catholic school products. Be it coincidental or not, Catholic school recruits make sense for a Northwestern team that has stringent academic requirements to qualify for recruitment.


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