In our first edition of #B1G Future I talked to 2015 shooting guard from Plainfield, IL Aaron Jordan (6-4/170). Jordan committed to Illinois in January over offers including Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Butler and Creighton.
He's currently unranked on 247 Sports, ESPN grades him a 3-star and the 10th best player in the state of Illinois, and Rivals has him as a 4-star and the 63rd overall player in the class of 2015.
Here's our interview:
Big Ten Powerhouse: How do you think your season went?
Aaron Jordan: The season went pretty good from a individual and team perspective. The team and I accomplished [our] goals and became an even stronger family!
BTP: How would you describe your game?
Jordan: My game is filled with many things. I can get to the basket and shoot off the dribble. Being a leader on the court is also a part of my game. Shooting [the] ball from deep is a plus.
BTP: What are your goals for the summer? What AAU team are you playing for?
Jordan: My goal for this summer is too gain weight. Ever since I've been a varsity basketball player teams have their strongest guy on me to try and stop me. Next year that won't be possible because I plan to be able to fight through a stronger defender! I will be playing with the Illinois Stars.
BTP: Why did you commit to Illinois?
Jordan: I committed to Illinois because everything felt right. It felt like home and the coaching staff treats me like family! Also with my game I feel I can make a difference down in Champaign.
BTP: What attracted you to Illinois?
Jordan: The atmosphere around Illinois is what attracted me there. That was a big factor when picking schools and Illinois stood out.
BTP: What appeals to you about the Big Ten?
Jordan: The Big Ten is a great conference! Very competitive and thats the type of basketball I want to be around when I'm in college.
BTP: What players in college, or the Big Ten specifically, would you compare yourself to?
Jordan: I don't really compare myself to any players in college but I am always watching basketball and seeing the things that make an individual stand out, or the way they can score the ball.
BTP: Who do you look up to and try to model your game after?
Jordan: Kevin Durant is someone I look up to. He is a great player with and even better mindset. I love watching him play.
BTP: Are you recruiting other players to come to Illinois with you?
Jordan: I will leave the recruiting up to the coaches.
Shooting guards with the last name Jordan have a good history in the state of Illinois. I'm sure this Jordan and Illini fans are hoping it turns into an apt comparison.