Plainfield East HS (Ill.)
Illinois Celtics (AAU)
In the case of some 2015 prospects–including the talented Aaron Jordan–it's difficult to know whose recruitment will blow up. Playing at Plainfield East, which lacks the basketball tradition of some in-state programs, Jordan attracted less attention than he otherwise might have.
Jordan was one of the breakout stars at Spiece two weekends ago. His shooting touch is mostly unmatched. He's comfortable absorbing contact in the paint and finishing at the free-throw line. In fact, against Playground Elite¬–a prestigious Milwaukee team–he dominated in the first half. It was so apparent that his opponent devoted much of its attention in the second half to shutting him down.
It hardly worked. He flashed his intangibles and helped spark fellow Northwestern target Joseph Toye on the offensive end. Jordan looked comfortable running the point, even, which made me question whether he could handle combo-guard duties at the D-1 level. (My initial thought: Yes.) At the very least, he's composed on the floor and can certainly contribute to this team's future.
Jordan visited NU in recent weeks, and met with Chris Collins—who expects to see him play in July. He's developing a strong relationship with assistant Tavaras Hardy. You can expect an offer for Jordan then; I have no doubt he's that good.
NU entered his recruitment process early, which marks a positive sign for the program's chances. Jordan would excel in the Chris Collins system. He can create his own shot and work well off the dribble. He reportedly made more than 50 percent of his three-point attempts this past season in high school. When that's not falling, he's comfortable attacking the rim and knocking down free throws. It's the perfect combo, and it makes Jordan difficult to stop.
Jordan appears to be a top priority for Illinois as well. He's heard from Purdue, Iowa and Wisconsin. He's without question a future Big Ten talent, and will only improve from this point forward in his career. That may begin with a more physical approach that would allow him to defend bigger 2-guards.
Attention surrounding Jordan has only started to pick up. He's another player to keep an eye on throughout the summer, and Chris Collins will be watching.
Aaron Jordan spoke to Purple Wildcats HERE.