I always wondered what would happen when Michael Jordan‘s oldest son, University of Illinois sophomore Jeff Jordan, finished his college career and had a chance to play pro ball.
Unless the Bulls or Bobcats bailed him out with a late second round pick in the 2011 Draft, he wasn’t going straight to the NBA. He’d probably get a nepotistic spot on somebody’s summer-league squad, but what about after that? Would a kid who probably doesn’t have to work a day in his life — but has a cushy job waiting for him at Jordan Brand or Nike or UNC if he wants it — embark on that hard road to the League? Would he scour the globe for roster spots in Italy and Russia and Japan? Would he endure the one-bedroom apartments and small towns of the D-League? If the NBA wasn’t a reality, when would he eventually give it up?
As it turns out, sooner than I thought. Jeff Jordan said today that he’s not playing ball at Illinois anymore, and will instead focus on “life after basketball” and just being a student. Although he had scholarship offers from smaller colleges coming out of high school powerhouse Loyola Academy (Ill.), Jordan walked on at Illinois, where he scored a total of 58 points and 42 assists in 59 appearances. As a sophomore he averaged a little more than eight minutes per game.
Mike’s younger son, Marcus Jordan, just finished his senior year of high school and will be playing at Central Florida next season. Marcus is a 6-3 guard and is widely considered a better prospect than his older brother.