Aaron Jordan: 'It fuels me'
Ask your recruiting questions here While most of the attention during this July evaluation period has shifted to the uncommitted prospects in the class of 2015, Aaron Jordan, who made his pledge to John Groce’s Illini way back in January, continues to enjoy an outstanding summer while improving his overall game. The Plainfield East senior-to-be lit it up with the Bengals in June, regularly producing 30-point efforts and he hasn’t missed a beat during his final stint with his Illinois Stars AAU squad while racking up the frequent-flyer miles. We caught up with Jordan to hear more about his progress.
Q: One of your goals was to expand your game this offseason, do you feel like you’ve accomplished that?
A: I feel like I’m meeting my goals in terms of my play on the court. The one that’s still out there is gaining weight and I’ve been trying to do that all summer. Being between 180 and 190 (pounds) isn’t enough, I want to be closer to 200 during the high school season. I’ve bene playing different styles and just getting ready to play at the next level.
Q: Most guys on the AAU circuit are trying to get noticed and get some exposure, you’re past that, so what’s the motivation for you at this point?
A: Just continuing to work hard and get better. Just because I’m committed doesn’t mean I can’t give my team 100 percent. I’m doing it for my teammates, I owe that to them. Some of them haven’t committed and I want to make them look good and help them get some scholarship offers, so I want to do my best to help them achieve that.
Q: Everyone knows you as a shooter, what have you done to expand your game?
A: Putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket. A pull-up jumper is something most people can’t guard, so I’ve been working on that. As a shooter, everyone is going to close out high, so getting to the basket and shooting over the bigger defenders is something I’ve been trying to get better at.
Q: Even though you’ve established yourself, do you feel like you’re fighting for respect at times? Rivals (65th), ESPN (79th), 247 Sports (77th) all rank you in their Top 100, but Scout left you off its list.
A: It fuels me some, but I try not to pay attention to those rankings, they’re just someone’s opinion. I don’t let that faze me and I just play basketball.
Q: You’ve bene to Philadelphia, you’re in Southern California now, Las Vegas next week, what’s it like knowing basketball has allowed you to see so many different places?
A: It’s a blessing. we don’t realize it until it’s over. Not everybody gets to do this and the fact that we do means a lot so I’m trying to enjoy it.