When Jeff Jordan decided to transfer to University of Central Florida from Illinois to play with his brother Marcus, it seemed like the perfect idea.
How quickly things change. Jeff has left the Knights basketball team for “personal reasons” according to ESPN.
He came over from Illinois after walking onto their program. He played three seasons for the Fighting Illini but never scored more than two points per game. Last season was by far his most productive campaign yet and he averaged just 1.6 points per game.
Jordan averaged 2.7 points on 37 percent shooting and 1.8 assists in 13 games played this season. He averaged 21 minutes per game.
His leaving of the team comes at an awful time for the Knights who are 12-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA.
They will now lean on Marcus who scores 17.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. Keith Clanton has also been a major contributor the team with 15.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Jordan won’t be a major loss to the program given his uneven statistics, but you do have to wonder what impact it will have on his brother and the locker room.
Any type of change to a winning culture could have serious ramifications. The play could suffer on the court or, in some instances, players will rally with each other and play their best basketball.
We’ll find out how the Knights handle it when they host 9-6 Houston on Wednesday, January 11.