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Jeff Jordan, Michael's son, leaves Illinois basketball

One more Jordan has put his basketball playing days behind him.

Jeff Jordan, a two-year reserve point guard at Illinois and the son of former Bulls great Michael Jordan, has decided to leave the basketball program to focus on his academics.

He does not plan to transfer, according to a statement Illinois released Wednesday.

"I loved playing for the Fighting Illini and appreciate the support I was given by my teammates, coaches and the great fans here," Jeff Jordan said in the statement. "... I will concentrate on earning my degree from the University of Illinois and the opportunities that await upon graduation."

Jordan, a 6-foot-1-inch defensive specialist, did not receive much recruiting attention out of Loyola Academy and walked on at Illinois before earning a scholarship for the 2009 spring semester. He appeared in 59 career games, averaging 8.4 minutes per game and 1.0 ppg as a sophomore.

He was expected to earn more playing time this coming season.

Coach Bruce Weber said Jordan will be missed.

"He brought great work ethic to the gym and pushed himself as well as his teammates," Weber said.

Jordan's departure from the team does not affect Illinois' scholarship availability. Jordan was on scholarship in the spring only because the team had an extra one available, but he would not have received one for the upcoming season.

Michael Jordan's youngest son, Marcus, committed in April to play at Central Florida next season.


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