Friendship Collegiate point guard Byron Ashe began doubting his college basketball future in the middle of his senior season, after Towson took its scholarship off the table. It was his only offer, and when it was rescinded this winter, Ashe thought to himself, “Maybe I’m not good enough.”
His hopes of playing Division I basketball were revived in March, when Mount St. Mary’s began expressing interest in Ashe, and eventually made an offer after watching him work out and inviting him for a campus visit. Ashe made it official on Sunday night, orally committing to the Emmitsburg school.
“An underrated program, and I feel like I’m an underrated player,” Ashe said. “This is, like, a perfect program for me.”
Mount St. Mary’s, which plays in the Northeast Conference, finished 18-14 this season. In the 6-foot, 155-pound Ashe, it receives a player who is small but feisty. He averaged 19.1 point per game this season, and performed well against quality competition including a 26-point outburst against Sidwell Friends earlier in the season and a 20-point performance in a near upset of Montrose Christian in February. Friendship Collegiate finished 20-12.
In an interview with The Post’s James Wagner last year, Ashe said, “I hope to play in college…Right now I’m trying to go to a small D-1. I was just wanna get looks and get better. I want to get a degree.”
In addition to the class sizes being just right for Ashe (Mount St. Mary’s has an enrollment of about 1,800), it’s also a school that is close to home and the family members that Ashe told this winter: “[Towson] is not the right school for me.”
“It’s a good thing they took the offer away,” Ashe said. “Because it drove me to push even more.”