He's got a basketball star for a mother and Jordan for a first name.

Send this kid to the hoop.Jordan Eric Jackson, however, must first make it out of the maternity ward. He was born Wednesday to Olympic star Sheryl Swoopes and Eric Jackson at St. Mary Hospital.

A hospital spokesman said he weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 211/4 inches. Mother and child are expected to go home Friday.

Swoopes and Michael Jordan are good friends. She and her husband asked the Chicago Bulls star if the boy could be named after him.

"He put his hand on my stomach and said it was OK," Swoopes said Thursday, through spokesman Greg Abel.

Swoopes joined the WNBA for its inaugural season, which began last weekend and runs through Aug. 30. She is on the Houston Comets, and expects to start playing in August.

"Everyone keeps asking me when I'm going to return," Swoopes said. "I really don't know yet."

The Comets have started 2-0 without their top attraction and have posted the highest attendance figure in the eight-team league.

Swoopes, a 6-foot forward, scored a record 47 points in Texas Tech's 1993 NCAA championship victory over Ohio State. She led the NCAA in scoring that season at 28.1 points per game, and averaged 23 points in the 1993-94 season with Bari, Italy.