St. John’s Recruit Focus: Rysheed Jordan

Player Profile:

Position: Point Guard

Size: 6-foot-4 180 pounds

High School and Travel Team: Roberts Vaux High School and Philly Pride

Recruiting Rankings:

ESPN’s 17th ranked prospect and 3rd ranked PG

Rivals.com’s 20th ranked prospect and 3rd ranked PG

247Sports 52nd ranked prospect and 10th ranked PG

Scout.com’s 45th ranked prospect and 9th ranked PG

Strengths:

Rysheed Jordan is a big point guard who plays the game at a high level. He has excellent handles and is an efficient play-maker at the point. His quickness makes him a great slasher and his sturdy frame allows him to finish at the rim while absorbing contact. He has a solid pull-up jumper that he can create with his speed and ball handling ability and has range out to the 3-point line. He is also an excellent defender who isn’t afraid to get into the thick of the action to fight for rebounds. “The full-court, up tempo attacking system of play is suited for my game” says Jordan, which is the signature style Lavin has installed at St. John’s.

“A big, physical lead guard, Jordan is a competitive and tough prospect. During his high school career he’s spent time both on and off the ball, but as his high school career has progressed so has his ability to play the lead guard spot. He’s a strong driver that plays well through contact and gets to the rim well.” Scout.com

“His competitive spirit, intelligence, innate basketball instincts and skillful play set him apart from the other prospects in the 2013 Class. Rysheed is an ideal fit for our particular style of play and he will have an opportunity to contribute immediately to our program’s pursuit of becoming a consistent winner.” – Coach Steve Lavin

Weaknesses:

Jordan’s jump shot can be suspect at times, but for the most part he is a sound shooter. Beyond that, which is something you can say for almost any recruit, there is hardly a blemish on this kid. He has the size, handles, speed, intensity and determination to be an elite guard on both ends of the floor.

Outlook:

Nicknamed “The Prince of North Philly” by national and local media outlets, Jordan averaged 24.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals his senior season of high school, leading Vaux to the PIAA Class A (Pennsylvania) state championship. He will likely jump in immediately and be the Johnnies’ starting point guard with D’Angelo Harrison playing beside him at the 2. He has everything one would want in a point guard from his physical presence to his mental focus to evolve into a great point guard at the collegiate level. If he stumbles, Phil Greene and Jamal Branch will be there to provide depth and experience, but all signs point to him grabbing the reigns and running with it from day 1.

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