Central Florida basketball coach Donnie Jones received good and bad news about the quartet of seniors he hoped to have on the court this season.
All-Conference USA big man Keith Clanton told Jones over the weekend that he would return for his final season. Meanwhile, Marcus Jordan, Josh Crittle and C.J. Reed have decided to leave the program, UCF announced Monday.
Jordan, the youngest son of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, will continue to take classes at UCF. Reed, a former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior guard at Bethune-Cookman, sat out last year after transferring to UCF, and now he is transferring again to Georgia Southern.
Reed's father, Cliff Reed, was hired at Georgia Southern as an assistant earlier this month and also coached his son at Bethune.
Crittle, a 6-foot-9 center, had reportedly recently visited DePaul. But it is unknown if that is where he will transfer.
The UCF seniors were given the option by the NCAA to transfer immediately after the Knights' basketball and football programs with hit with sanctions for major recruiting violations. The punishment included one-year postseason bans in both sports.
UCF is appealing its postseason ban in football, but not basketball.
School officials said Jordan's decision was unrelated to the NCAA penalties.
Clanton, a 6-foot-8 forward, was courted by national champion Kentucky and Florida State, among others, after the penalties were announced July 31. But the Orlando native announced on Twitter on Saturday that he would be at UCF when classes opened Monday.
''I think to people's surprise I will be returning to UCF for my Sr. season,'' Clanton posted on his account. ''I love this team and my dreams and goals can be fulfilled here.''