Aaron Jordan picks Illinois
That was a tweet from our beat writer at State Farm Center, after the UI's win against Penn State on Saturday.
In October, he seemed to tip his hand. This from Marcus Jackson:
Get used to seeing 2015 guard Aaron Jordan in orange and blue. No, the Plainfield East product hasn´t made a commitment to Illinois, but he intends on being a regular at State Farm Center if his schedule allows. Like he did for the Illini Street Jam last month, Jordan showed up to the Orange and Blue Scrimmage wearing an Illinois pullover and orange shoes. “(Illinois) is close to home and I can get down here quick,” Jordan said. “Any time there´s something going on, I like to be down here.” The 6-foot-4 Jordan has also made recent visits to Indiana and Northwestern.
This from the Orange and Blue Scrimmage:
Just caught up with recruiting target Aaron Jordan. The 6-foot-4 guard recently attended the Indiana Hoosier Hysteria for an unofficial visit.
“That was a good visit. It was my first time at Indiana and it was impressive,” Jordan said. “It was a good event, it was a real good environment. It was a lot of fun.” He’s also made a recent visit to Northwestern. As I told you earlier, Jordan Is rocking his Illinois gear and bright orange Kevin Durant shoes tonight. “(Illinois) is close to home and I can get down here quick. Any time there’s something going on, I like to be down here,” he said.Jordan has been dealing mostly with Illinois assistant coach Dustin Ford, the point man on his recruitment. “It’s a good relationship. He’s always texting me and keeping in touch with me. It’s always good to talk to him,” Jordan said. This was an August interview with our Matt Daniels:BOLINGBROOK — Aaron Jordan has lived in Illinois almost his whole life.He´s followed Illinois basketball nearly as long.So when the Plainfield East shooting guard and Class of 2015 prospect received a phone call from John Groce two weeks ago, Jordan — who stays in contact most with Illinois assistant coach Dustin Ford — had a good idea of what to expect. “It was overwhelming, but Coach Ford just kept telling me to wait and that Coach Groce really likes me,” Jordan said. “When he called, I had that gut feeling.” A gut feeling of a scholarship offer. Which Groce soon told the talented scorer from the western Chicago suburbs he had.Illinois is one of nine offers the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Jordan has attached to his name now. The number has doubled since mid-May after a strong AAU showing for Jordan, who played with the Illinois Celtics and Illinois Stars.Along with Illinois, Wisconsin is another Big Ten school that has offered Jordan in the past month. Illinois-Chicago and San Jose State are two other schools that have extended a scholarship offer to Jordan recently, with Creighton, Fairfield, Hampton, Illinois State and Valparaiso giving Jordan scholarship offers earlier in the process.Illinois should have as many as five available scholarships for players in the Class of 2015. Jordan said Illinois is near the top of his list. He hasn´t given much thought if he´ll trim his list of suitors just yet but said he´d like to make a decision shortly after his junior season at Plainfield East ends. “I like the coaching staff, and I like Coach Groce,” said Jordan, who averaged 16 points last season at Plainfield East, shot 47 percent from the field, 48 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line. “They have a good program, and it´s Illinois. Coach Ford and I talk often. He´s sending me texts about their program, how many fans are at their games and what it´s like playing in the Big Ten.”Jordan said he doesn´t try to emulate his game after any player in particular, but he´s a big Kevin Durant fan. “I like the way he scores the basketball and how he is a guy who leads his team,” Jordan said.And he´s trying not to let the recruiting process distract him from having a productive junior campaign at Plainfield East, which could elevate his recruitment even more.“It´s a very exciting process,” Jordan said. “I´m new to it, but my dad, my AAU coach and my high school coach said as long as you´re going through recruiting, you should have fun with it, and I´m having fun with it. I didn´t expect all these offers to happen, but now that it has happened, I just keep wanting more.”