2015 guard Aaron Jordan discusses his recruitment

  • 09/11/2013 1:05 pm in

091113cxAaron Jordan has learned just how long and frustrating the recruiting process can be.

A class of 2015 shooting guard from Plainfield, Ill., Jordan has gained major interest from colleges, including Indiana, in recent months as his stock rises. According to the 247 Composite, he is the No. 63 recruit and No. 13 shooting guard in the class.

But to him, that heightened level of interest hasn’t made his recruitment any easier.

“At first it was overwhelming, but then as things calmed down and slowed down, I got my feet under me,” Jordan told Inside the Hall Tuesday night. “Especially when you start early, you don’t know what to do. Sometimes you want to go ahead and make a decision, but you just want to keep waiting because there’s all these other opportunities out there.

“You have to keep your head on straight, keep your focus and get to your main goal, and if there’s other people supporting you, you’ll be able to do that.”

In recent months, Jordan has added offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Tulsa, Creighton, Butler, Xavier, San Jose State and Illinois State, among others.

But he has also received interest from Indiana, and he has spoken with associate head coach Tim Buckley on multiple occasions. Jordan told Inside the Hall he has never been to IU, but will make his first unofficial visit to the Bloomington campus on Oct. 4, for Hoosier Hysteria.

“I don’t really know the school much because they haven’t offered me yet, but just how the coach talks about it, he says they’re a really good program and they work well with the kids,” Jordan said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things.”

Though many colleges have taken note of Jordan’s performance on the court, he has raised many coaches’ eyebrows through his performance in the classroom.

Going into his junior year of high school, Jordan has maintained a 4.5 GPA.

“Coaches don’t just recruit me for the way I play; they recruit me for my character, also,” Jordan said. “You know, it’s not just about basketball. I have to know what I want to do after college, so academics are a big thing now to me and it’s going to be a big thing when I’m in college.”

Jordan told Inside the Hall that he has decided to not look in-depth at schools until they have extended an offer.

After all, he has learned that waiting can present new opportunities.

“I do take a lot of things into consideration but when coaches call, I don’t expect it most of the time,” Jordan said. “It’s a long process.”

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  • HoosierInChapelHill

    4.5 GPA. I’m sold.

  • inLinE6

    UNC may want this kid desperately. So they don’t have to cheat academically every year. LOL.

  • semohoosier

    They may want him so he can help the others get better grades when they do cheat.I am sorry that is not right but it is funny.

  • Jennifer G

    That was my first thought too!

  • Miguel

    Seems like a very quality kid… EXACTLY the type of player we want at IU. That’s not even his parents being interviewed and stressing academics. He has a good long-term perspective that should bode very well for him. Seems like a great young man and someone who would represent the program well…. and looks like he can play some ball too which is a plus

  • plane1972

    As an IU grad and lifelong fan, I want to see doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, public servants, etc. on the list of IU basketball alumni, not just professional basketball players. This kid seems like that type of person we would be proud to have as a representative of the University.

  • Ole Man

    We might get him; but I’m guessing he gets the full court press to stay home and go to IL.

  • Ke Sang

    I like this comment!!

  • WisconHoosier

    In March, Madison gets a foot of snow each year. Trust me, I know.

    In Bloomington, coeds start to work on their tans, and some golf courses open.

    Besides, there are already rumors about Bo Ryan retiring. Why go to Madison when the Grinch may be on his way out?

  • Malc

    Looks like Kentucky is out.

  • Ole Man

    LOL, I believe you. But still, somebody has to play in Wisc.

  • rbhagwat

    Basketball aside, this kid sounds exactly like what we need at IU.

  • WisconHoosier

    I wasn’t doubting you. You’re right, he has been up here 3 times, and has said good things about UW.

    But he hasn’t had to walk to class in December, January, February, or March.

    I know B-town gets winter too, but nothing like up here. It’s brutal. Plus, in this entire town, no one knows how to make a stromboli. I wish Nick’s would open up here.

  • HoosierPat

    He seems like the kind of kid I would love to see play at Indiana. I want IU student-athletes to represent the state well on and off the court.

  • Taz

    Where did you hear Bo was retiring?

  • ADegenerate

    This isn’t a troll but why do we care about quality kids and academics? I watch IU because I’m from Indiana and love basketball. I could care less about academics. I’m looking for W’s not Spelling Bee champions.

  • Malc

    You got the wrong site. This should have been posted on the caintucky site. At IU, character and academics are important.

  • Sean G

    Having a bunch of criminals and dummies on the grand stage that is IU basketball would absolutely make the program and the school look bad. So, IMO we, as fans of the program and the school, should care about quality kids and academics.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL at the stromboli comment! Man, I miss those days and those meals!

  • BC

    We just offered him so Crean must really like what he sees. Good character, grades and talent.

  • BC

    If you have to ask the question, You wouldn’t understand the answer. But if you followed the Kelvan Sampson debacle, you might understand the emphasis on character

  • ADegenerate

    Tell me more about how the IU student athletes represented you off the court. Get the F out with that silliness.