Marcus Jordan’s future with UCF is uncertain


After two straight double-digit scoring seasons at UCF, the future of Marcus Jordan’s career with the Knights is now important for reasons other than the fact that he is the son of NBA legend Michael Jordan.

According to David Baumann of News 13 Orlando, Jordan is not yet enrolled in summer classes, but UCF director of communications says that he expects Jordan to be ready in the fall. Summer classes are not mandatory.

But a conflicting report surfaced from the Orlando Sentinel, saying that Jordan was indeed in summer school, according to head coach Donnie Jones.

This all came about because of a report on the sports gossip website, which cited a third-hand source in saying that Jordan would not be playing for the Knights in 2012-13, with the possibility that he would instead pursue business interests away from UCF. If he were to return to play for the Knights, the report goes on to say, it would be as a walk-on and not on scholarship.

UCF is reportedly continuing to recruit perimeter players, and has three prospects signed from the Class of 2012, including shooting guard Matt Williams, an Orlando native.

If Jordan does not return, the Knights will be losing his 13.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the backcourt.

But, if he does come back, he will be paired again with the team’s leading scorer from last season, forward Keith Clanton, on a 2012-13 team that looks to improve on a 22-11 season and NIT berth this past year.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Stanford loses key veteran guard to stress fracture

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Stanford guard Marcus Allen will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot, the school announced on Monday evening.

“We want to make sure Marcus is fully healthy before returning to the court,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said in a statement. “Marcus played at a high level during our summer exhibition competition in Italy, where he was one of our leading scorers. We will certainly miss him as we continue to prepare for the season, but we are fortunate that this happened now and he will be back before he knows it.”

The loss of Allen is a potentially brutal blow in an already-thin back court. The 6-foot-3 Allen started 23 games as a sophomore last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 boards. But he averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 boards as the Cardinal made a run to the NIT championship and looked poised to be able to replace the departed Chasson Randle’s production this year.

What’s worse is that without Allen, Stanford does not return a single player in their back court that averaged more than 11.5 minutes. Sophomore Robert Cartwright looks poised to step into the starting point guard role, but neither Dorian Pickens nor Christian Sanders looked like they were ready for that kind of role in the Pac-12 last season. Dawkins does return Malcolm Allen, Marcus’ twin brother, who sat out last season with a broken wrist.

The good news is that Stanford’s front court is strong enough to carry the Cardinal until Marcus is healthy. Rosco Allen, Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey will be able to hold their own against any front line in the Pac-12, while Grant Verhoeven and freshman Josh Sharma will provide adequate depth.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.