The Plainfield (Ill.) shooting guard owns the skills and the intangibles. He can create for teammates, slash through the lane, shoot with remarkable efficiency and defend using his deceptive length. Even better, he can be effective as a secondary scorer while leading any team with his spark and natural ability.
Northwestern continues to fight for prospects once "out of their league" by some standards. This July, that process led to Chris Collins landing four-star small forward Vic Law, and should pay dividends in the future.
On Sept. 24, NU finally offered Aaron Jordan, one of the best in-state shooting guards and someone who can see the appeal in this Wildcats program. And even during his busy junior season, Jordan expects to check out Evanston once again.
"Northwestern is a school with a bright future," he said. "I'll definitely be back up there for a game."
The Wildcats continue to search for a two-guard to shore up their offensive attack in future seasons. They're looking at Lawrence (Kan.) guard Anthony Bonner and St. Joseph's (Ill.) Jordan Ash. That's really been the extent of their work in the early recruiting season. Other than that, it involves evaluation and deliberation.
From a fairly objective standpoint, Jordan is the top priority for Northwestern basketball moving forward. He's someone who openly values the Collins era and academics — two basic prerequisites.
"They see I'm a very unselfish player and have many ways to score," he said. "I'm versatile and that's why I can fit into their system."
And he'd likely fit into any system. He also holds offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and other high-major schools. It only helps that he's earning solid reviews early in his high school season.
Don't count out Northwestern, though. The local underdog seems set on redefining its reputation. It just needs more elite players to get there.