Michael Jordan’s son’s future with UCF basketball program in doubt

Amid growing concern at Central Florida that second-leading scorer Marcus Jordan may leave school rather than return for his senior year, one of the shooting guard's closest friends decided to poke fun at the situation.

"If you want the truth on @SASBMJ and what's going on I will need 200 thousand dollars and a job for at least two years with bonuses!" former UCF point guard A.J. Rompza joked Tuesday on Twitter.

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Questions about Jordan's future at UCF began Tuesday with a report from sports gossip site TerezOwens.com that Michael Jordan's younger son is expected to pursue business interests rather than return to UCF. The report isn't exactly ironclad, however, since it cited what appeared to be a third-hand anonymous source.

A Central Florida spokesman confirmed to News 13's David Baumann that Jordan is not enrolled in summer session at UCF but insisted he's expected back for fall semester. It's possible that would be as a walk-on rather than a scholarship player since UCF coach Donnie Jones is trying to bolster the team's outside shooting by adding a recruit or transfer.

There are a lot of factors for Jordan to consider as he decides whether or not to return to UCF.

On the one hand, close friend Rompza and older brother Jeff Jordan are no longer with the the program. On the other hand, UCF is expected to challenge Memphis in Conference USA with the younger Jordan, leading scorer Keith Clanton and a deep supporting cast back from last year's 22-win NIT team.

Jordan averaged a solid 13.9 points per game, but his 37.6 percent shooting and 31.3 percent shooting from behind the arc both have room for improvement.

Tristan Spurlock and Rod Days would be among the candidates to replace Jordan in the lineup at shooting guard if he leaves. They both have the talent to play an expanded role, but UCF would be better off with Jordan for one more season.

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