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Michael Jordan's son quitting basketball?

June 24, 2009 |  2:10 pm

Michael Jordan's son, Jeff, has left the University of Illinois basketball team, saying in a statement that he wanted to focus on his studies.

"I loved playing for the Fighting Illini and appreciate the support I was given by my teammates, coaches and the great fans here," Jeff Jordan said. "But I have come to the point where I'm ready to focus on life after basketball."

Jordan came to Illinois as a walk-on, but was put on scholarship for the spring semester this year. He played in 59 games over two seasons, scoring 58 points.

Only a few months ago, Illini Coach Bruce Weber praised Jordan's defense and said the 6-foot-1 guard had a chance to earn more playing time next season.

Can he play point guard? USC has a few roster spots open...

-- Mike Hiserman