Jordan Eyes the Illini (Again)

2015 guard Aaron Jordan was back in familiar territory Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN – Aaron Jordan is a familiar face around the University of Illinois campus these days.

The 2015 guard from Plainfield, Ill. made the trip to see the Illini Thursday night for the Orange and Blue scrimmage. It was the fourth time in recent history Jordan has visited Coach John Groce and the staff.

"It's a good environment to be around," Jordan said. "It's not too far from home, and I like being around the coaching staff. They're great people."

At this point Jordan knows what Illinois has to offer. Now he's focused on furthering the relationship with the players, Groce and assistant Dustin Ford, the lead man in his recruitment.

"They tell me to keep working hard, and that I fit very well in their system," Jordan, 6-foot-4, 170-pounds, said. "They can see me just shooting the ball, just like Coach Groce does (with the team now)."

Jordan likes the offensive system Groce runs. It's already a look he's grown comfortable with playing for Plainfield High.

"At my high school they spread the ball, set ball screens just like they do here (at Illinois)," he said. "And if I'm playing at a high school that does that I can play at a college that does that."

Jordan visited Indiana last weekend. He was offered by Coach Tom Crean in September and plans to visit again for a game this season. Jordan also holds offers from the Illini, Butler, Wisconsin, Xavier and others.

The attention, he admits, can be overwhelming at times.

"The hardest part is basically keeping my head on straight, but I've got family and friends for that," Jordan said. "As I look to the future I know it's kind of a long way away, but I don't want it to sneak up on me. I know it's going to be a very important decision I make in my future."

As for that decision, Jordan said he doesn't have a set timetable. He'll narrow his choices but says he won't be vocal to the public about lists and favorites.

"I have to see that I can fit there, and that I can see myself playing there," he said. "It's gonna come from my heart, and that's whats going to have to happen.

"When I want to make my decision, I'll just make it."


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