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Class of 2015 Plainfield East shooting guard Aaron Jordan showed great toughness this weekend at the Chicago Summer Challenge playing through an injury for his Illinois Stars 16U team. Jordan came up big for his squad in several games with his smooth perimeter game and feathery jumper. There were a lot of coaches watching him closely this past weekend.
Illinois assistant Paris Parham tracked him throughout the weekend and Head Coach John Groce watched him on Sunday. They were sold on what the rising junior brings to the table and offered Jordan a scholarship on Monday night. Jordan discussed how everything has progressed with the Illini.
“Well assistant coach Dustin Ford had a great feeling about me and he followed me every game in Louisville (Spring Live Period). He told me to keep working hard and Illinois will continue to recruit me. After seeing me at RB Coach Groce gave me a call and complimented many things about me not just my game. Which also led to him saying Illinois was offering me a scholarship.”
What was his reaction to receiving a scholarship from the state school?
“Very pleased with this offer. Hard work is paying off.”
He spoke to what he likes about the Illinois basketball program.
“Everything from the coaches, education, and athletics.”
The shooting guard is one of the one of the state’s more coveted wings in the class. Where do the Illini stack up in his recruitment?
“My family and I will be evaluating all offers during the year, but Illinois is near the top.”
Jordan established himself during the high school season as a top 10 prospect in the class of 2015 in the state and has done nothing to hurt his stock with his play on the circuit during the spring and summer. This is his second offer from a Big 10 school along with Wisconsin. Jordan and the Illinois Stars will be playing in Florida during the second live period followed by a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana to close out the summer.