Illinois grants release of Jordan

Updated: May 22, 2010, 12:17 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Jeff Jordan has been granted his release from the Illinois basketball program and is expected to transfer, the school announced Friday.

Jordan, the eldest son of NBA great Michael Jordan, played three seasons for the Illini and totaled 110 points, 98 assists and 68 rebounds in 92 games. As a junior, Jordan came off the bench and averaged 13.8 minutes while backing up point guard Demetri McCamey.

"Jeff was an important part of our team; a competitor who provided depth and steady play at the point guard position and was a defensive presence for us," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. "We thank him for all the hard work and effort he gave to our program. We will support him in the transfer process and wish Jeff the best as he continues with his education and career."

Jordan's younger brother Marcus plays for Central Florida.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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