Jeff Jordan leaves Illini

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We asked beat writer Paul Klee for his thoughts on Jeff Jordan leaving the basketball program:
"He was a blessing to cover the past two years. When he arrived as 'Michael's son,' it was hard to say how that would go, from a locker room standpoint to a media standpoint to a jealousy standpoint among the other players. But in my experience he was always classy.
"From a team standpoint, Illinois has the backcourt depth where Jeff's decision won't affect their rotation. He was a named a sophomore captain last year, and Bruce Weber appreciated the way he handled himself day in and day out. He was one of the team's hardest workers. But they've got the guards where this won't adversely affect the rotation."

Check out more from Klee here

Here's the story:

Jeff Jordan has elected not to return to the Illinois basketball program, the school announced Wednesday. The son of Michael Jordan will continue his studies at the school.
 
"I loved playing for the Fighting Illini and appreciate the support I was given by my teammates, coaches and the great fans here," Jordan said. "But I have come to the point where I¹m ready to focus on life after basketball. I will concentrate on earning my degree from the University of Illinois and the opportunities that await upon graduating."
 
Jordan, a preferred walk-on who would go on scholarship, played in 59 games, with 58 points, 42 assists and 24 rebounds. Jordan averaged 8.4 minutes as a sophomore after playing 5.3 minutes per game as a true freshman.

"Jeff was an invaluable member of our team the past two seasons and I thank him for his contribution to our program," coach Bruce Weber said. "He brought great work ethic to the gym and pushed himself, as well as his teammates, each and every day to improve. We will miss him, but we fully support the decision he has made. When the game of basketball has been a top priority throughout your life, it is very difficult to transition away from playing. I know Jeff has given this much thought. He is an outstanding, mature young man who will be successful in whatever areas he pursues in the future."

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polebowler wrote on June 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Oh, no! Tough news for the Illini. Is there more to this story than just media spin? I felt Jordan was a better point than McCamey, who is more comfortable in the shooting position. Jordan had the hustle and would fill the shoes of Frazier. I realize we have a killer recruiting class coming in the fall, but Jordan certainly added depth to the roster.

MJohnston wrote on June 24, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Its sad to see him go, because he always gave it his all, but this might help us in the long run because it opens up another roster spot for another recruit

ScottBliege wrote on June 25, 2009 at 9:06 am

I taught Jeffrey Jordan's General music class at Bannockburn School. Jeff was always a very talented even as a young Kindergarten and First grade student. He might remember me as "Mr. Bumblebee," as that was the nickname he gave me. I have kept track of Jeff all of these years and know that he will succeed in whatever he chooses to do. I am very happy that his brother Marcus will be attending the University of Central Florida where I will be able to attend some of his games. Jeff, I hope that we get a chance to see each other again. Michael, you will always be the "Greatest Player to ever play the Game!"