Rysheed Jordan, the preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, has been suspended indefinitely by St. John’s.
The news was announced just before the start of the Red Storm’s game against Monmouth on Friday night. A game in which the Johnnies won 64-54. But it was a much closer game than the 10 point margin of victory suggests.
Coach Steve Lavin did not specify on the exact reasoning for Jordan’s suspension, besides noting that he wasn’t adhering to certain responsibilities.
“If he takes care of business, he’ll be on the team,” Lavin said. “If he doesn’t, he won’t. … It’s a basic responsibility that our team members must adhere to, and if they take care of that aspect, they’re allowed to participate as student-athletes and if they don’t, they won’t. It’s real basic.”
“We want him back on the team.”
Jordan started the three previous games at point guard and averaged 18.3 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He was the highest rated recruit in the class of 2013 in the Big East and was a big reason why optimism ran high when discussing St. John’s expectations for the upcoming season.
It was thought that he could just miss the game against Monmouth on Friday night, but that isn’t looking like the case today. There’s no telling when Jordan will return to action, but St. John’s shouldn’t miss him too much with how Phil Greene IV has been playing in the young season.
St. John’s next game is at home on Tuesday (November 26) against Longwood.
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