Rysheed Jordan, the Big East preseason Rookie of the Year, was suspended indefinitely before St. John’s tipped off against Monmouth last Friday night. Nonetheless, the Johnnies won the favorable matchup 64-54.
It was rumored that Jordan may only miss one game, but it was uncertain as coach Steve Lavin didn’t give much detail on the situation. He simply stated that Jordan wasn’t adhering to expected responsibilities, and that he would have an opportunity to rejoin the team at some point.
Well, the suspension lasted just that one game as rumored.
Jordan returned for Tuesday night’s home game against Longwood, but did not start as he did in the season’s first three games. However, he finished with 8 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in St. John’s 65-47 victory over the Lancers.
D’Angelo Harrison paced the Red Storm in scoring with 18 points, while JaKarr Sampson lead the team in rebounding with 11.
And for the second straight game, St. John’s tied a school record with 15 blocks in the contest. To no surprise, the shot-blocking machine, Chris Obekpa, led the way with 6 swats. He is averaging 5.4 blocks through five games.
Jordan, the highest rated recruit in the class of 2013 in the Big East, is going to be a good player. Whatever the reason for the one game suspension, it doesn’t appear to be serious; and hopefully he learned from it. Because St. John’s is littered with talent; him included. Just reaching the NCAA tournament should not be the goal of this squad as this is a team that can beat quality opponents. They’re definitely not at that point today, but come March they should be a dangerous team in the Big East and heading into the big dance. But the focus and drive needs to be present throughout.
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