2015 guard Aaron Jordan recaps Indiana visit

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Late Thursday night, as 2015 Plainfield East (Ill.) guard Aaron Jordan and his father explored the scene around Cook Hall and Assembly Hall, Jordan found his lasting memory from the visit.

On his first-ever unofficial visit to IU, Jordan saw dozens of fans camped out outside of Assembly Hall watching television and eating pizza, anticipating Hoosier Hysteria the following day. Jordan had never seen anything like it.

“I was just like, ‘Wow’,” Jordan said. “The fans of the whole school are basically about basketball, and that’s what I like. Everything is surrounding basketball. It’s a great environment to be in.”

Two weeks earlier, Jordan had been playing open gym at his high school when Indiana coach Tom Crean arrived and offered him a scholarship. He said the offer immediately put IU “right near the top,” and in the days leading up to his visit, friends were hyping the school up to him.

After arriving Thursday night and watching a practice and Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, Jordan said he now sees what they were talking about.

“When I got down there, it was amazing and eye-opening,” Jordan said. “And I just saw all the fans interacting and getting excited. I see myself fitting in at Indiana.”

During his visit, Jordan and his father, Rob, also had the chance to sit down for a meeting with Crean.

“We talked about where I stood in his recruiting and they said I’m pretty much a must now,” Jordan said. “It’s really important that they build this relationship and I get down to Indiana as much as I can.”

And Jordan wants to get back to Indiana. After watching the team practice for two hours, before Hoosier Hysteria, Jordan liked what he saw.

“I got a good feel for coach Crean and how he ran things, and they’re looking good,” Jordan said. “I plan on coming back to Indiana, but a time on that, I have no idea.”

Jordan said he has no other visits planned at the moment and is taking time to prepare for his upcoming high school season. The No. 95 prospect in the 2015 class according to the 247Composite, Jordan has taken additional recent visits to Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

For now though, after one visit to Indiana, Jordan has come away impressed.

“I had a great time. Me and my dad really enjoyed ourselves and talking to coach Crean was amazing,” Jordan said. “It’s a great school. I’m hoping to get back down there.”

  • OhioHoosier

    Is he going to be added to the recruiting board?

  • drewheck

    Surely he will

  • dtfreed

    nice story how tall, weight, maybe, PG or SG?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    That should be a “YES” after CTC offered the scholly? Right Alex?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Off subject, but is there any other B1G school exh. games being shown on the Big Ten Network instead on .com steaming? If so, this is a joke, even our first official game is on .com!

  • Snookafly

    3-Star SG 6’4″ / 170.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Last year they put IU on .com while Iowa was on the actual TV. The network knows that IU fans are the most likely to buy a $15 subscription to watch a bball on a computer.

    The B1G network is awful.

    What a play! Did you see that?
    Followed by no replay. Awful.

  • MattMan

    ITH, you’re providing all kinds of updates on a lot of our recuiting targets and what happened at Hoosier Hysteria. Why nothing on Devn Robinson. I keep seeing that you have updates in the forum on him. Are you starting to withhold some information to force people to get the premium membership?

  • yimyames

    Problem there is, their servers suck and can’t handle the Hoosier nation. We require more bandwidth than Iowa, so not only does it suck we have to pay, but the product received is horrible. Here’s to hoping the streaming this year will be better than the last two.

  • TJ21

    off topic, but have to ask, this is for Alex…..any chance Cliff Alexander is on CTC’s radar again….just wondering.

  • yimyames

    Don’t think ITH is forcing anything. If your gonna have a pay site, it has to contain stuff that free sites don’t. Also the pay site helps to keep the free site going. Devin isn’t doing any interviews, premium forum did contain quotes from his high school coach about the visit. All standard stuff, if there was any big news it won’t be contained to pay site only. I’ve been around ITH for a while now, I don’t think Alex rolls like that.. Just my .02 cents.

  • Hoosierfan96

    Ok couple of things…
    1. Devin Robinson has played his recruitment extremely close to the vest. He doesn’t give interviews. He’s hard for even coaches to get ahold of because his parents and his school are very protective of him. If you want free info on him, I suggest you join twitter because he tweeted a lot of positive comments about IU while he was here.
    2. The premium membership is worth every single penny that I paid for it. It doesn’t cost much at all in comparison to other sites (Alex, this is not an encouragement to raise your rates! LOL) Alex and staff do an amazing JOB (yes I said JOB- it’s his work) at keeping us informed on all of the going ons in the IUBB world. The premium forum is a great place to get together to talk bb with other iu fans. However, I hardly think anyone is “forcing” anyone to buy anything they don’t want to buy.

  • Hoosierfan96

    Thought he just announced his final 5? IU not in it

  • Bing

    Alex is a piece of garbage and overweight

  • Franklin Bergoff

    Id have to agree. He kind of looks like a cherub.

  • Kip

    It would be tough for Alex to answer since his head is usually buried 3 feet up his own tail pipe. With any luck they will bring in someone else to have reign over this site and get someone who has respect for himself.

  • Hoosier96

    Pretty sure you are welcome to try other sites. No one is forcing you to come here

  • yimyames

    This is what makes the premium forum so great.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, we swung and missed on that one. I think Kansas is probably the front runner. Although, if he really wants to play Jaquan Lyle he may go elsewhere.

  • Ole Man

    KU is actively recruiting Lyle, as well.

  • Trace

    can we get a list of recruits that attended hoosier hysteria?

  • “WILL”take charge!

    We swing and miss a whole lot

  • 3 stars?

    We are really aiming high in 2015 :-/

  • TomJameson

    Don’t get defensive, it was an honest question. I’ve also wondered about the content between the 2 sites. At the beginning of the premium site we all were told it would be the “extras”, and nothing would be withheld from here. Your points; 1 – Yes Devin’s recruitment is being held tight, watching his tweets is probably a good idea, but your tone could use improvement. 2 – Nobody said Alex is doing anything other than a great job. Just want more information. As far as the ‘forcing’ issue, well… If you want more content then you’ll have to pay for it. That’s not forcing, that’s … um … free choice.

  • Doug Wilson

    Another Collage degree being wasted. Well done Kip, your parents should be extremely proud that they raised a child so privilaged. The world owes you free stuff and must answer you when you shake your finger.
    We need Alex on the ITH trail, not wiping your bottom we you call King Kip. Grow up. Alex is a Professional. We ITH paying customers have made him one so we get the best news, and facts.
    Ya want Alex, pay the cash. Just like the McDonalds you serve. Comes with a cost.

  • TomJameson

    I’ll have to steal a phrase I’ve seen on here before. Wish I could vote this down 10 more times.

  • Go-IU-Win

    We are also recruiting Top 15-20 5-star SG Malachi Richardson from Trenton, NJ. He was here during HH too and has already been out here for another unofficial. He hasn’t even had his “official” visit yet but really likes IU..

  • Snookafly

    You’re right, and Lyle seems very excited about KU as well, but I wasn’t sure if they’ll be able to meet his playing time demands.

  • dtfreed

    yes that why we have a dvr to compensate for poor production on any broadcast of sports, replays at your own command.

  • Ole Man

    Think you hit the nail on the head with the playing time issue. It’s just not there next year at IU for PG.
    And Lyle has a “desire” to play ASAP as a starter.

  • gerald

    this is obviously Jerry Smith who got upset cause Alex deleted his trolling posts and then would respond when Jerry asked why they were deleted

  • MattMan

    I want to say that I really appreciate the great job Inside The Hall does on covering IU Basketball. It is an incredible resource for information regarding all things IU basketball. I also want to say that I know the staff works very hard tp [rovide us with quality content. All of this is recognized by me and appreciated. However, Devin Robinson is a recruiting target that the entire fanbase is very interested in knowing the details. It was just a bit puzzling that there has been no update on him. This is what people want to know and this is what people come to the site for. While info on him may be very limited, we still want to know even the small details. If the site wants to stronlgy encourage people to join the premium forum, then go for it. That’s their choice. And if I have to buy it to get some of the information I want, then so be it. However, I would like to know if I am going to be required to buy the membership. I was under the impression that all things IU basketball would still be covered on the free site. Devin Robinson’s recruitment is important to us and it just seems a bit odd that there has been no coverage of it.

  • hoosier96

    Wasn’t defensive. I was just offering a suggestion. I get a lot of info off of Twitter :)

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