Wildcats Ink Standout Duo During Early Signing Period

20141016_mm_basktmediaday0749EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Chris Collins has announced the signing of Jordan Ash (Bolingbrook, Ill/St. Joseph) and Aaron Falzon (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) to National Letters of Intent to join the Wildcats for the 2015-16 season.

The duo who has inked during the early signing period are the second for Coach Collins and his staff who brought in the 31st-ranked recruiting class according to ESPN.com this season.

Complete bios on Ash and Falzon, as well as comments on both players, from Coach Collins follow.

Northwestern opens its 2014-15 season Friday when it hosts Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Jordan Ash
6-2 • 185 • G
Bolingbrook, Ill./St. Joseph

High School: Averaged 16 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals per game as a junior … All-Catholic League selection … Proviso West 2013-14 all-tournament second team … MVP of St. Charles East Thanksgiving tournament … Helped the Chargers to a 24 wins and a conference championship in 2013-14 … Selected to Under Armour first all-star team and Reebok all-star team … Scored 26 points, the top mark in the Proviso West Christmas Tournament … Guided St. Joseph to back-to-back regional championships … Team captain … Played AAU for Illinois Wolves … Honor roll student each quarter … Academic mentor … High school coach is Gene Pingatore.

Personal: Born Jordan Darnell Ash on 9/26/96 … Son of Deborah Ash and Jimmie Ash … Attends same high school as NBA standouts Isiah Thomas and Evan Turner.

Collins on Ash: “We’re really excited to add Jordan Ash to our program. He is a proven winner. It’s great to add another Chicago area product who comes in with a winning pedigree, playing for such a prestigious program like he has at St. Joseph’s under Coach Gene Pingatore. He’s an athletic combo guard who is very versatile and can do a lot of things on the court. The thing that I like about Jordan is he’s an outstanding defender. He’s a great two-way player who is going to fit into our culture that we’re building here at Northwestern.”

Aaron Falzon
6-8 • 205 • F
Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon

High School: Four-star recruit … Ranked No. 91 player in the nation for class of 2015 by ESPN.com and No. 99 by Rivals.com … Team captain … Averaged 15.4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a junior … All-ISL and All-NEPSAC sophomore year at St. Mark’s school, as well as team MVP … Second-team All-NEPSAC as a junior at Northfield Mount Hermon … Helped NMH reach semifinals at national prep championships junior year … Also played volleyball, soccer and tennis … Played AAU for Expressions Elite … High school coach is John Carroll.

Personal: Born Aaron Michael Falzon on 5/19/96 … Son of Eric and Dewan Falzon … Father played college football at Springfield College … Brother, Tevin, plays basketball at Sacred Heart University.

Collins on Falzon: “Aaron is one of the top shooters in the country. At 6-foot-8, to be able to stretch the floor and bring an all-around skill set adds to our versatility which is something that we really wanted to address in this class. He comes from an outstanding high school program at Northfield Mount Hermon. Like Jordan, he’s going to come in ready to play with a winning pedigree. He’ll be counted on right away to be a huge contributor to our program.”