Ashford Joins Jays


Darryl Ashford,  a 6’4″ shooting guard from Jacksonville College in Texas, is the newest Bluejay joining the team for the 2009-10 season.   According to the Jacksonville Progress Newspaper:

Ashford had an array of college choices to choose from, eventually narrowing his search down to the likes of Nebraska, Wichita State, Arkansas-Little Rock, South Alabama, Stephen F. Austin, and Creighton University (Omaha, Neb.), which he ultimately decided to attend.

“When I went up there for my visit I liked Omaha and I liked the players and coaches there,” Ashford said when asked what led him to become a Bluejay. “I talked a lot to my coach (Greg Young) and with my family and I felt Creighton is a good place for me.”

Ashford said he is ready to do whatever is needed at Creighton, a team that went 27-8 overall, 14-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference this year, but that he would miss the Jacksonville College setting.

“I am ready to step in and help them (Creighton) win, whatever they need me to do,” Ashford said. “Yes, I will miss a lot of things about Jacksonville and I will miss coach (Greg) Young the most.”

“Darryl (Ashford) is going to what I think is one of the premiere programs in the country (at Creighton),” Young said. “They need someone that can help them immediately, and Darryl can do just that.”

Ashford was an Honorable Mention NCJAA All-American this past season scoring 18 points a game and getting almost 6 rebounds a game.   Ashford takes the scholarship spot recently vacated by Cavel Witter who decided to leave the Jays.  Darryl was originally recruited by Bobby Knight and signed at Texas Tech before heading over to Jacksonville College.

Here is some video from his senior year in high school.  He is #23:

There was also some information about Ashford from when he was being recruited by Texas Tech.

This again is another guy not on the “recruiting experts” radar.  Altman always keeps fans guessing on where he is going next with recruiting.  It will be interesting to see if he will be a Booker Woodfox like shooter or do some ball handling for the Jays.  Hopefully this signing will also help calm the thoughts of Kenton Walker still deciding to possibly leave the program, though many fans probably hoped for more size to help solidify the frontline a litle more.

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