Not only was today an actual victory on the hardwood for John Groce and the Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team, but also a victory in the ever changing world of high major recruiting when Illinois secured the verbal commitment of 2015 6’4″ SG Aaron Jordan.
According to the Chicago Tribune release which can be seen here, Jordan is currently ranked #60 by Rivals (4 star) and #77 by Scout.com.
Jordan has offers on the table from Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Northwestern from the Big Ten as well as many others including Georgia Tech, Creighton, Xavier, Illinois State, Butler, Chicago State, Fairfield, Hampton, La Salle, and San Jose State.
Jordan was in attendance today as the Illinois faithful welcomed home the 1989 Flyin’ Illini for a 25th anniversary celebration. It was a celebration that was not lost on Jordan. He provided some excellent quotes published by ESPNChicago which can be seen here in a telephone interview and we’d be remiss not to show you what he had to say about Illinois.
“I committed today because it was legends day,” Jordan said in a phone interview. “Just looking back on their history, I want to be a legend for Illinois one day. It was motivating. I want to fill in their shoes. ”
This is exactly the attitude I love to see when a new recruit comes aboard. To hear him speak with this type of passion shows that he’s not going to flake out and flip his commitment elsewhere if a perceived better offer comes along. He certainly seems married to the idea of becoming an Illinois legend, and if that’s what motivates him to become great then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
For Illini fans that have not had a chance to check out his game yet, take a moment to view this video from one of his games for Plainfield East this season.
You have baseline explosion for the jam to start off the clip, and then he hits quite a few three point attempts and several free throws. It’s very clear he can score. I’d be very interested to see what type of defender he is, but obviously I fully trust Groce at this point because he has proven he brings in guys that do more than just score.
Welcome to the Illini, Aaron Jordan. Your path to achieving legend status begins now.
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