32 Erick Ashe
32 Erick Ashe
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Palmdale HS
Position: Guard

More And More Of The Same
Guard Erick Ashe proved to be one of the Gauchos' most consistent scorers last year and with the loss of last year's top two scorers, B.J. Bunton and Josh Merrill, his importance in 1999-2000 is even greater. Ashe will once again be one of UCSB's primary three-point threats and his perimeter defense is also a valuable asset.

The Point Is, Ashe Can Score
Ashe finished the 1998-99 season with a scoring average of 10.6 points per game, third on the team overall and first among perimeter players. He scored in double-figures 17 times in 28 games, he had 15 or more points six times and 20 or more three times. Finally, Ashe led or tied for the team lead in scoring six times.

Three For The Show
Ashe led UCSB in three-point baskets with 39 on the season, 25 of which came in 16 Big West contests. He made two or more three-pointers 12 times and three or more four times, including three straight games at the end of the regular season. In one of those games, a home victory over Cal Poly, Ashe drained six three-pointers, his high for the year and the high for any Gaucho in 1998-99.

Closing With A Rush
The Gauchos finished last year's regular season with three consecutive victories to cap off their Big West Western Division Championship season and nobody sizzled more during that run than Ashe. In the three games, wins over Cal Poly, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, Ashe averaged 19.7 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. In back-to-back games against Cal Poly and UC Irvine, he tallied his career-high of 22 points and in the season-ender at Cal State Fullerton, he had 15 points and career-highs of seven rebounds and seven assists. During the three-game span, Ashe also made 22-of-40 shots overall (55.0%) and 12-of-23 from three-point range (52.2%).

From National Defense To Gaucho Defense
Prior to arriving in Santa Barbara, Ashe spent two seasons as a starter at Fullerton College. Before his two campaigns of junior college basketball, he spent four years as a United States Marine. In the three years following his stint in the Marines, Ashe did not lose his knack to defend. Last year, he was an integral part of a Gaucho backcourt that emerged as one of the best defensive backcourts in the Big West. Ashe finised the season with 38 steals and he was a reason that UCSB broke a school record for steals in a season. He had at least one steal in 19 games, two or more in ten games and three or more six times. Ashe recorded his career-best of five in a game against Westmont College.

Erick Ashe Notes

1999-2000: Erick Ashe will once again be looked to as one of the Gauchos most potent offensive threats...With the graduation of the team's top two scorers, his offensive abilities become even more important this season...A good all-around player, Ashe's defensive abilities started to emerge at the end of the last season and the UCSB coaching staff hopes they continue to develop...1998-99: Finished third on the team in scoring as a junior, averaging 10.6 points per game...He also chippped in 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 rebounds per game...Averaged 19.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the final three games of the regular season, all Gaucho wins...During that same three-game span, he made 22-of-40 (55.0%) shots from the field overall and 12-of-23 (52.2%) from three-point territory...In fact, over the last 12 games of the regular season, Ashe averaged 12.6 points per game and scored in double-figures nine times...On the season he scored in double-figures 17 times and had three games of 20 or more points...Had 22-point efforts in back-to-back games against Cal Poly and UC Irvine and poured in 20 in the Big West opener against Idaho...Had arguably his best all-around game of the year in the regular season finale at Cal State Fullerton when he had 15 points and career-highs of seven rebounds and seven assists...When he tallied 19 points at St. Mary's, he hit all nine of his free throws and finished with a team-best mark of 81.7% from the line...Led the Gauchos in three-point field goals with 39...Made 42.3% of his three-point baskets during the last 11 games of the season...Hit a season-best six three-pointers in a home win over Cal Poly...Also had three games when he hit three three-pointers...Overall, Ashe made two or more three-pointers in 12 games...Tied for second on the team with 38 steals and he had a career-best five in a game against Westmont...Had at least three steals in six games...Started 24 of 28 games, including 15 of 16 in Big West play and the last 15 in a row...

Junior College: Played two seasons for Dieter Horton at Fullerton Junior College...A first-team All-Orange Empire Conference pick in 1997-98...Finished sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.5 points per game as a sophomore...Also pulled down 3.6 rebounds per game and passed off for 3.1 assists per contest...Led the Hornets with 58 three-point baskets, making 33.7% from beyond the three-point arc...Overall, he made 45.5% of his field goal attempts...Averaged 19.9 points per game in Orange Empire Conference play and made 39.5% of his treys...Had 93 steals in his 31 games, an average of 3.0 per game to lead the conference...Scored a career-high 30 points in a playoff game against Palomar...Averaged 22.3 points over the last eight games of the season...Scored 20 points or more 15 times in 31 games and had 25 or more four times...Nailed at least one three-point basket in 26 games, at least two in 17 games, at least three in ten games and four or more in four games...Made a career-high five treys against Saddleback College...Passed off for five or more assists five times and had a high of seven on two occasions...Had a high of nine rebounds against Orange Coast College and a high of six steals against Riverside City College...Perhaps his best all-around game came against Cypress when he had 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals...As a freshman, Ashe averaged 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game...

High School: Prepped at Palmdale High School...As a senior, he averaged 22.0 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds per game...Shot 53.0% from the field as a senior, 48.0% from three-point range and 86.0% from the free throw line...Earned all-league honors as a junior and a senior...A two-time Palmdale MVP...As a junior, he averaged 18 points, six assists, three rebounds and four steals...Coached by Gary Phelpsl...

Personal: Erick Ashe was born February 16, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA...Served four years in the United States Marine Corps...Once scored 55 points in one game for his unit's team...Nicknamed E...Also recruited by Wyoming, Washington State, Oregon, Weber State and Wichita State...Favorite sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers...His favorite movie is Star Wars...Enjoys playing pool as well as watching movies and television...Will probably major in Sociology...He is the son of Elenor Ashe.