FGCU men's basketball head coach Joe Dooley announced earlier this week that incoming freshman Jordan Neff, from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., has chosen to return home for family reasons and will not play for the Eagles this season.
"After meeting with Jordan, he expressed to me that he would prefer to return home due to family concerns," Dooley said. "We understand that family comes first and we support Jordan's decision.
"We thank Jordan for all the work he has put in this summer with the team, and we wish both him and his family the best."
Neff, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed a National Letter of Intent on the first day of the early signing period last November. He led North Cobb High to a 26-5 record his senior season and an appearance in the Class 6A Georgia Final Four.
"I'd like to thank coach Dooley, the staff and my teammates for helping me improve on and off the floor the past few months," Neff said. "While this is a difficult decision for me to make, I know that at this time it is the right one for not only me but also my family. I wish my teammates and FGCU all the best this year."
FGCU, which returns four starters for the 2013-14 season, became the first-ever No. 15 seed to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen round last year. The Eagles posted a record of 26-11 and claimed the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship title which earned them an automatic berth in the NCAA?Tournament bracket.