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Old 04-27-2007, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Yes, I know this belongs in the college forum. I already posted it in the Illinois Fan Thread, but I'm so excited right now I can't help it

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(Face)book it: Illini Jordan's preferred choice

By Neil Milbert and Bob Sakamoto
Tribune staff reporters

April 26, 2007, 11:29 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN -- Michael Jordan's son, Jeff, is expected to announce he will attend Illinois as a preferred walk-on and enroll for the summer session that begins June 11, a university source said Thursday.

According to the source, "Jeff Jordan has applied and was accepted. All indications are that he will enroll for the summer session. We're expecting he will make the announcement very soon."


The Loyola Academy guard, a three-year starter for the Ramblers, dropped a big hint on his Facebook.com Web page when he wrote: "Illinois 11, psychology and business" under the heading "College."

NCAA rules prohibit Illini coach Bruce Weber and members of his staff from commenting on Jordan's status until he enrolls.

In a pick-up game at Illinois and a national all-star game at Madison Square Garden, Jordan proved to himself and others that he could play at a high level.

With that growing confidence, he turned down scholarship offers from Valparaiso and Loyola.

Jordan visited Valparaiso on April 23 and Illinois the following day. The Illini players were impressed by the 6-foot-2-inch guard's performance in a scrimmage.

At Michael Jordan's "Brand Jordan All-American Classic" in New York on Saturday, Jeff Jordan had nine points, two steals and one assist in holding his own with the top high school players in the country.

"Ever since he returned from that visit to Illinois, that seemed to be the consensus pick," a close friend of the family said. "Michael left him alone to make that choice. It was always whatever Jeff wanted to do.

"I think the key was how well he played at Illinois. He did better than the Illinois coaches expected."

The Illini staff does not think Jordan will make an immediate impact but believe he can become a contributor in two years. Jordan raised the level of his overall game to lead a balanced Loyola Academy team, averaging nearly 15 points per game.

Davidson and Illinois State also had been recruiting Michael Jordan's oldest son, and Northwestern offered to make him a preferred walk-on.

Although Jordan wasn't a heavily recruited player, if he goes to Illinois it will be a coup for Weber. The Illinois coach took a recruiting hit last fall when Indianapolis high school superstar Eric Gordon reneged on an 11-month oral commitment to sign with Indiana. But Weber rebounded when two coveted players accepted scholarships during the spring signing period—Quinton Watkins, a shooting guard from Dominguez High in California, and Rodney Alexander, a forward from Redlands Community College in Oklahoma.


Bruce Weber caught a lot of flack the last year cause of Eric Gordon defecting, but he seriously has bounced back from that with adding guys like Quinton Watkins and Rodney Alexander to form a top 25 class. Now with Jeff walking on, people questioning his ability to recruit should be all but gone. Either way, I'm going to go nuts if I saw MJ at the sidelines of our games. Kinda wish I wasn't graduating...

Btw, he has a pretty nice house...
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Old 04-27-2007, 03:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Is he any good?
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

He's not a terrific recruit, but noteworthy, nonetheless. Still considered by many recruiting sites as a 3 star recruit. He's reportedly a stand out defender, probably tops in the nation. Everything else is still coming along for him. His younger brother Marcus is considered one of the best sophomores in the country. I'm sure with Jeff here, Marcus would want to join Illinois as well.
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He's not a terrific recruit, but noteworthy, nonetheless. Still considered by many recruiting sites as a 3 star recruit. He's reportedly a stand out defender, probably tops in the nation. Everything else is still coming along for him. His younger brother Marcus is considered one of the best sophomores in the country. I'm sure with Jeff here, Marcus would want to join Illinois as well.


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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

I always thought both of his kids sucked, at least scoring wise. I only heard negative things about them maybe I am just ignorant, probably am.
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Like I said, reportedly. Whether he is or not, I am not sure. But the scouting reports I read have put him as a good to great defender. Right now I'll believe it before I see him play.
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I always thought both of his kids sucked, at least scoring wise. I only heard negative things about them maybe I am just ignorant, probably am.

no Jeff is pretty bad...If his name wasnt Jordan he would get cut from Illonois or any other team in that conference.
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no Jeff is pretty bad...If his name wasnt Jordan he would get cut from Illonois or any other team in that conference.
He wouldn't get cut, regardless. He is still considered a D1 prospect in his own right. He wasn't good enough to get tendered a D1 offer from a power conference but to add on a walk on of his caliber is definitely saying something.
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Eric is a good player. As much as I don't respect him for being a lying, disloyal son of a *****, I won't deny his ability to be a great college player. However, when he steps into Assembly Hall this year, expect to see a future star cry on court.

As for Jeff, he probably won't see any minutes his freshman year, but will be a good practice guy.
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

He only averaged 11 PPG as a senior in HS?
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He only averaged 11 PPG as a senior in HS?

He has some difficulty playing under the radar of Michael Jordan. We cannot expect him to be as good as his dad mybe a Brent Barry or Jon Barry Kind of player.

I first i thought Eric Gordon was Michael Jordan's real son in that video clip. They both wear number 23 and both are great scorers.
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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Damn, that Gordon kid seemed like someone to watch! Quick, athletic, good body control... quite impressive.
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Damn, that Gordon kid seemed like someone to watch! Quick, athletic, good body control... quite impressive.


Here are more of Eric Gordon's Highlight reel.

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Default Re: Jeff Jordan decides Illinois!

Something I saw in the video.


Most recent high school seasons:

80-81 Michael Senior 29.2ppg, 11.6rpg, 10.1apg

06-07 Jeff Senior 11.2

06-07 Marcus Senior 8.1




what a difference huh?
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