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John Ash
John Ash #15
Position: Guard     
Class/Experience: Senior/3L 
Height: 5-10     
Weight: 177
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Salpointe Catholic HS
General: A good all-around athlete who has worked extremely hard to make his game better... A walk-on to the Arizona program after prepping at Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School... Fifth year in the program after redshirting the 1997-98 season... Will go after the fourth ring of his career this year, after getting an NCAA Championship ring in 1996-97 and two Pac-10 title rings in 1997-98 and 1999-00... Back-up point guard... During his five years with the Wildcats, he has been on team that combined for a 131-24 record... Throughout his career, he has drawn the assignment of guarding the likes of National Player of the Year and All-American Jason Terry, National Freshmen of the Year Mike Bibby & Jason Gardner and All-American Miles Simon each day in practice, thus helping improve his game... Grew up as an Arizona fan and was a ballboy for the Wildcats for four years... One of three members of this year's team who were on the 1996-97 NCAA Championship squad... Walked on the program prior to that season.

1999-00 (Junior): Played in the most games during his career (16) and started once... In the only start of his career, played nine minutes at home against Washington and did not commit a turnover... Started at the point in place of Jason Gardner... He scored in two games, netting three points against Nebraska in the Las Vegas Showdown and two at Arizona State... In that win over the Cornhuskers, he hit his only three-point attempt of the year while pulling down two rebounds and a steal... Played a season and a career-high 13 minutes against IUPUI... Missed the Washington and Washington State road games due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee... Suffered the injury against Oregon State on Feb. 5.

1998-99 (Sophomore): Scored a career high six points against UC-Irvine, although teammate and roommie Justin Wessel is quick to point out that Ash bettered that outing with eight points in the team's annual charity wheelchair game last April... Made his first career three-pointer in UCI game and was 3-of-4 from the free throw line... Came in and played what was then a career-high six minutes at Brigham Young and missed his only field goal attempt... Played nine minutes in the win over Washington State and hit a free throw... Against Oregon State in Tucson, he was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in one minute of play... Mary Roby Academic Achievement award winner in the spring semester (honor for Arizona student athletes who maintain a 3.0 GPA or better for two calendar semesters).

1997-98: Redshirt season.

1996-97 (Freshman): Earned a spot on the team and saw action in nine games, playing a total of 21 minutes... Part of the credit for Arizona's national championship went to him and the other members of the UA scout team who understood their roles in practice situation... Scored his first collegiate point on a free throw versus Robert Morris... Added two rebounds as well... First and only field goal was in the win over Oregon State in Tucson... Scored two points in that game and received the most playing time of the season - five minutes... First career steal against Washington State in Tucson... Played three minutes against Jackson State and recorded his first assist.

High School: Played for Brian Peabody at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson... An All-City performer in both his junior and senior seasons... As a senior, was the starting point guard and averaged 10 ppg and handed out 8.0 apg... A three year letterman for the Lancers...Played against 1998 NBA No. 2 pick, and former UA star Mike Bibby in an outing against Bibby's Shadow Mountain HS... Scored 19 points and had 11 assists in leading his team to victory over what was the No. 1 team in the state at the time.

Personal: John Peter Ash... Born 9-10-77 in Tucson, Ariz... Parents are Steve and Crissy Ash... Both parents graduated from the University of Arizona... Majoring in finance and would like to work for Viacom following graduation... Attended the Lute Olson basketball camps as a youngster for 12 years and worked as a counselor for one camp.

Ash's Career Statistics

Season G-GS Min FG-FGA Pct. 3FG Pct. FT-FTA Pct. OR/DR Tot/Avg Ast St. Blk TO PF-DQ Pts.-Avg.
1999-00 16-1 53  1-7 .143 1-4 .250   2-3  .667 0/2 2/0.1  1 4-0  5-0.3
1998-99 11-0 44  1-2 .500 1-2 .500  8-14  .571 0/5 5/0.5  7-0 11-1.0
1997-98  Redshirt
1996-97  9-0  21  1-3 .333 0-0 .000  1-2 .500  1/1    2/0.2  3-0  3-0.3
Career 36-1 116  3-12 .250 2-6  .333 11-91 .579  1/8    9/0.3  0 11  14-0  19-0.5 

Ash's Postseason Statistics

Season G-GS Min FG-FGA Pct. 3FG Pct. FT-FTA Pct. OR/DR Tot/Avg Ast St. Blk TO PF-DQ Pts.-Avg.
1999-00 1-0  1 0-1 .000 0-1 .000   0-0 .000 0/0  0/0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0.0
1998-99 DNP
1997-98  Redshirt
1996-97  DNP
Career 1-0  1 0-1 .000 0-1 .000   0-0 .000 0/0  0/0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0.0