By Michael O'Brien

Jeff Jordan makes it official

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Michael Jordan's oldest son is heading to Illinois...

Loyola athletic director Pat Mahoney sent out a press release this morning announcing that Jordan will be a preferred walk-on at Illinois.

"Illinois is a great school with a strong basketball program," Jordan said in the press release. "I look forward to receiving a great education at Illinois, and I also look forward to proving that I can play and compete at the Big Ten level."

Jordan said his final decision came down to Illinois and Valparaiso.

"Coac Drew and Valparaiso have a great program and a nice school, and I really appreciate how Coach Drew and his staff treated me throughout this process," Jordan said. "But after I worked out at Illinois, met with the coaching staff and the players, and toured the campus with my mon, I just felt more comfortable with U of I."

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Jordan playing in the Big Ten....hhhhhmmmm, not sure he is at that level. Not surprised Coach Self preferred him as a walk-on.....shows his recruiting skills are not polished enough for a major D-I school.
On the other hand.....nobody expected Dwayne Wade to be what he is today. He was not a highly recruited kid out of high school either on the major D-I level.
Best of luck Jeff, keep working hard.

Catholic League alumni


As an alum of the University of Illinois, I am thrilled for Jeff that he decided to go to Illinois. Unlike many high school kids who are going to play basketball at the college level, this young man is also a good student. If the basketball plan falls through on some level, he can take solace that he is at one of the best educational institutions in the country. He won't ever regrest choosing Illinois, and hopefully, he will get the best of both worlds. I wish him all the luck and happiness he can acquire, and as a basketball fan, I am looking forward to him competing to gain the spot he desires.

Jordan playing in the Big Ten....hhhhhmmmm, not sure he is at that level. Not surprised Coach Self preferred him as a walk-on.....shows his recruiting skills are not polished enough for a major D-I school.
Catholic League alumni


You refer to COACH SELF? Where Have You been? He's been gone several years from Illini.!!!

Coach Self....hhhhhmmmmmm

well i am pretty sure he shouldn't have much trouble paying his tuition and fees!but seriouly this should be alot of fun for coach Weber having the best player ever calling him asking why his kid is not getting playing time .But if his work ethic is anywhere near what his dads was, he might do some things!But i see alot more upside in Marcus at this point ,lets hope he follows suit!as for pro prospects ,i hear the charlotte bobcats r already interested and have been scouting them heavily for the last 18yrs! lol

You have no idea what Bruce Weber has accomplished, he's fully aware that Jeff isnt ready to contribute for a couple years, but what a recruit to have! Michael Jordans son, look for the recruting tide to shift in the Illini's favor. Great job Bruce.

Do you think Coach Weber is currying favor with the Jordan family in order to land Jeff's younger, more talented brother?

Overrated is a good word for walk on Jeff Jordan. You sportswriters give lots of press to him and neglect better and more talented players who do not have a famous millionaire father. Did you feature any other seniors on the basketball team for Loyola Academy? Note: JJ was not recruited by UNC, Duke, Michigan State, Georgetown, nor other highly rated NCAA colleges, was he?
Too bad we'll hear it again in two years with Marcus.
Be fair to other players,
Jeanne

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