Ashland University men's basketball coach John Ellenwood announced Thursday (Nov. 16) the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
The program welcomed guards Dylan Beaugard (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) and Jordan Burge (Cleveland, Ohio/Lutheran East) and forward Jake McLoughlin (Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley) to the squad beginning in the 2018-19 season.
"I am extremely excited to introduce these three young men to the Ashland University Men's Basketball family," said AU head coach John Ellenwood. "All three have the qualities we look for to fit our team and school culture."
Beaugard is entering his fourth season of basketball at Wilmington High School where he is a three-time All-Southern Buckeye Athletic and Acadmic Conference and three-time all-district standout. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Beaugard was also a three-time all-league performer in football. Beaugard's AAU squad, Ohio Unity, won the 2016 Division I national championship.
"Dylan's parents both served in our armed forces and have instilled the work ethic and leadership characteristics that come from America's finest," Ellenwood said. "He is an elite passer and on-ball defender. Dylan has been taught by coach Mike Noszka, one of the best coaches in the state."
Burge is a two-time All-Lake Erie League selection and was named second team All-Ohio last year while playing at Lutheran East. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Burge averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists per game for the Falcons, helping the team to a state championship in 2017.
"When you watch Jordan Burge play, you see a winner," said Ellenwood. "He is the ultimate competitor on the floor. He comes from a very supportive family that has a rich basketball tradition. Under the leadership of coach Anthony Jones, Jordan and his high school team will be a favorite to win another state title."
McLoughlin was named the Muskingum Valley League Player of the Year last season after leading the Scotties to the conference championship. He led his team in points, rebounds and assists. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound McLoughlin was named the District 12 Player of the Year and he was named special mention All-Ohio.
"Jake is a tremendous leader and competitor. He makes his teammates better by his energy, effort, and positive influence on and off the floor," Ellenwood said. "His high school coach is his father, Todd McLoughlin, who was a standout basketball player at California University of Pennsylvania. Jake also played for one of the nation's best AAU programs, All-Ohio Red, and was a star safety and receiver on Tri-Valley's football team. His motor is going to be fun to coach."
The Eagles are off to a 3-0 start this season and are coming off a 97-87 win at California (Pa.) on Wednesday. Ashland returns home for the AU Thanksgiving Classic next Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 21-22) when it will play Indianapolis and Kentucky State in a four-team event at Kates Gymnasium.