CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois junior Aaron Jordan has already scored more points in two games this season (27) than he did all of last year (23). The Plainfield native scored 17 in the season opener against Southern, then followed it up with a 10-point performance Sunday night against UT-Martin. First-year Illini head coach Brad Underwood has certainly noticed, calling it a ‘fresh start’ for the guard, who played his first two years in Champaign under John Groce.
“He’s been incredible,” Underwood said. “I’ve got to probably get him more minutes, to be honest. I’m so happy for AJ because he’s a guy that’s put in so much time and so much work and he’s playing with so much confidence.”
Jordan says he routinely gets to the Ubben practice facility every morning before 7 a.m., often times beating Underwood to the office.
“I knew that I put the work in and I’ve always put the work in and I knew that it would show,” Jordan said. “Whenever coach gave me the opportunity, that’s what I was going to do, I was going to take advantage of it.”
Illinois hosts DePaul Friday night at 7:30 p.m. It’s the first meeting between the two in-state schools separated by less than 150 miles in 60 years.