Marcus may not have reached the NBA or competed in the Olympics, but he did play Division I basketball. When he had to decide where he wanted to play, the son of arguably the greatest player in NBA history channeled his father in a heartwarming way.
Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus, surprisingly signed with UCF’s basketball team
Fans of college sports know the University of Central Florida as a mid-major powerhouse in football. But their basketball program has sent numerous players to the NBA, including Boston Celtics big man Tacko Fall.
In the spring of 2009, the Knights officially welcomed the son of a basketball legend. Marcus Jordan, the youngest son of Michael Jordan, signed his letter of intent that April.
Marcus held offers from several notable programs, including Butler — which nearly won the national championship in April 2010 — and the University of Miami. So why did the talented guard decide to sign with UCF?
In a 2011 interview with UCF’s official website, the younger Jordan explained how much he valued loyalty. He believed UCF wanted him for his basketball skills, not because it wanted to use him as a means of selling tickets.
“Because a lot of schools that came on late, I didn’t really know if they wanted Marcus Jordan, the basketball player, or Marcus Jordan, Michael Jordan’s son.”Marcus Jordan
With his letter of intent signed, Jordan enrolled at UCF later that year and began his college basketball career that fall.
Marcus played three seasons at UCF in the early 2010s
No one, not even LeBron James, is Michael Jordan. That simple fact is also true for those who literally have the six-time NBA champion’s genes.
Marcus averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists across 94 games and 77 starts in three seasons with the Knights. He shot 39.3% from the field and made 73.7% of his free throws.
The Knights, playing in Conference USA at the time, went 58-40 during that stretch. UCF began playing American Athletic Conference games in 2013, two seasons after Jordan connected on his final shot for the Knights.
Michael’s other son, Jeff, also played at UCF
The eldest Jordan had not one but two reasons to attend UCF basketball games during the early 2010s.
Michael’s oldest son, Jeff, spent his first three college seasons at the University of Illinois. He transferred to UCF ahead of the 2009-10 season and spent time playing alongside his younger brother.
After redshirting during his first season in Orlando, Jeff averaged 2.7 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steals in 13 games during the 2010-11 campaign. However, he left the Knights midway through that year for what he called “personal reasons.”
In the end, neither of Jordan’s sons reached the NBA, but that they played Division I basketball is an accomplishment in its own right.