This edition of Five Questions is with Ashley Wacha. Ashley just wrapped up the club season with Missouri River Elite 2023 as well as ND Pro 2023 & will be a Senior at Fargo Davies High School (ND). Thanks for your time Ashley!
1) You just completed a very successful season playing with both ND Pro & Missouri River Elite. What were some of your favorite places you got to play, and some of your favorite memories on or off the court?
While playing with both NDPro and Missouri River Elite, I was able to compete in amazing tournaments. Some of my favorites are the “big name” ones. For starters, this past summer I went to the Run for Roses in Louisville, KY, and the Summer Finale in Des Moines, IA. My favorite memories include team bonding off the court (solving two escape rooms and touring Churchill Downs!) and playing against awesome competition on the court! Another favorite tournament, in the past, was the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago, IL, with NDPro!
2) In the past couple of weeks you've added an offer from Minot State and attended Elite Camp at Concordia in Moorhead. How is the recruiting process going and when are you hoping to make your college choice?
The recruiting process has been very exciting and stressful at the same time. It has been stressful because it is a big decision impacting my future. During the recruiting process, I have been looking for a place (school) that feels like home, somewhere where there is an AMAZING team culture & coaches along with a place that offers great academic opportunities for me. I have narrowed my choices and a decision will be coming shortly :)
3) Last season Fargo Davies reached the State Tournament, eventually falling to Champion Minot in the semifinals, but bouncing back and finishing 3rd. With a lot of your key players returning what are some of your team goals for this season and what are hoping to do individually as well?
This upcoming season, I am hoping to continue to grow a positive culture in the Davies program. Further, I hope our team retains our EDC championship reign and makes it to the State Tournament! Along with continuing to grow my skill set and confidence for the next level, I hope to be a strong role model on and off the court.
4) It can be tough to get recruited in smaller states like North Dakota, but you've done a good job getting your name out there by maximizing Social Media. Do you feel using Social Media well has been a benefit in your getting looks from schools, and what advice would you offer to younger players who are trying to get themselves in front of recruiters and coaches?
It’s crazy what social media can do! Having a positive social media presence is hugely important for the recruiting process! Coaches are online and looking for names. When one coach gets your name, it becomes a domino effect where other coaches start to know who you are and what you can do. My advice to younger athletes would be to reach out to coaches early, attend as many camps as you can go to, have a POSITIVE social media presence, and to NEVER give up… especially when it’s hard because that’s when you get better!
5) Who are some people you look up to or role models, whether in the basketball world or otherwise, you really admire, and what are some of their qualities that you try to utilize yourself?
Within my own family, I have had many role models. Without going into too much detail, several family members, with lots of grit and determination, have overcome great obstacles and challenges to become successful. Growing up, I have admired some of the “greats” like Michael Jordan (with his never give up attitude), Kia Nurse (with her intensity on the court) and Adam Theilen (who was a small town boy with an impecable work ethic who made it big as an NFL star).