Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Marcus Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, reportedly has decided not to play his senior season for Central Florida.

There was speculation that Jordan would not play at the school for his senior season after he did not participate in summer workouts with his teammates. The Orlando Sentinel points out that Jordan may have been leaning toward not playing after losing two friends from the team. Jordan’s older brother, Jeff, left the team in January, and best friend A.J. Rompza finished his career. UCF was also hit with a postseason ban last month that may have contributed to Jordan’s decision.

CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman reported the news and says Jordan is still scheduled to take classes at the school despite not being interested in playing ball for UCF. Goodman also accounts for the possibility that Jordan could decide to play ball for another school. All UCF basketball players are allowed to transfer without penalty from the NCAA.

Senior-to-be Keith Clanton surprised people by deciding to remain with UCF despite exploring his transfer options. Clanton led UCF with 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.

While keeping Clanton will provide a boost for the team, losing Jordan may also be a good thing. Jordan average 13.7 points per game, but he shot just 37% from the field. He also became a distraction when he made headlines for tweeting an adult film actress, and when he was arrested in Nebraska.

The Orlando Sentinel believes Jordan may pursue business opportunities that may have jeopardized his NCAA eligibility.

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