April 7, 2009

Marcus Jordan commits to Central Florida

High school basketball player Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, will play college ball at the University of Central Florida, his coach says.

Marcus Jordan, a 6-foot-2 and 180-pound senior guard, made up his mind one week after visiting the UCF campus in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

He made his decision based on two criteria, Tyrone Slaughter, Jordan's coach at Whitney Young High in Chicago, told the newspaper. One was the ability to go in and make an immediate impact. He wanted to go in and have an opportunity to play right away at the collegiate level. Secondly "¦ he immediately felt comfortable during his visit to UCF.

Slaughter added that Jordan's friend and former high school teammate A.J. Rompza plays for UCF, which also influenced his decision.

Jordan led Whitney Young to a Class 4A Illinois state high school championship this spring, earning most valuable player honors and prompted such schools as Toledo, Iowa, Miami, Butler and Stanford to recruit him, the newspaper said.