Rysheed Jordan, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Philadelphia, announced this morning that he will be attending St. John’s. This is the first commitment that Coach Steve Lavin has received for the 2013 class, and it’s a big one.
Known as the ‘Prince of North Philly’, Jordan shot up recruiting boards during his senior season at Roberts Vaux High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as he led his team to a state championship.
He is a five star recruit on ESPN.com and ranks as their 22nd overall player and 5th best point guard. Rivals.com has him listed as a four star recruit and ranks him as the 29th best prospect and 5th best point guard.
During his senior season he averaged 26 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game. Jordan brings some serious playmaking ability to St. John’s, but he will have to earn his playing time as Jamal Branch, Phil Greene IV, and D’Angelo Harrison, all guards who received significant playing time last year, will be returning to the team.
But the thought of him and Harrison playing alongside of each other sounds ideal.
Scouts praise Jordan’s offensive skills, stating that he is a great ball handler who is very explosive in transition. He made significant strides as a point guard during his senior year which propelled him from a top-100 recruit to a consensus top-30 recruit. That improvement suggests there is a lot still to come from Jordan. Shooting is his only recognizable weakness, but the rest of his game all the way to his decision making skills are top-notch.
Defensively, he should be great as his size and speed fit right into St. John’s style of play – fast and aggressive. Standing at 6-foot-4 and with great hands, Jordan will give opposing offenses fits at the top of their matchup zone.
There should be a lot of optimism for the Johnnies heading into next season as they will be returning two very talented players coming off productive freshman seasons – Big East Rookie of the Year JaKarr Sampson and one of the best shot blockers in the country Chris Obekpa. Those two should form one of the strongest front courts in the Big East and should be even better with a year of experience to work off of. Combine that with an already experienced back court in Harrison, Branche and Greene IV, and now throw in Jordan, and you have yourself a team with a lot of potential in a new conference looking to create an identity.