Philly native Rysheed Jordan turns down Temple for St. John's

Philly native Rysheed Jordan turns down Temple for St. John's
April 11, 2013, 9:15 am
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After months of uncertainty, Rysheed Jordan has finally decided where he'll be playing his college basketball.

And it isn't Temple.

The North Philly native and senior point guard from Robert Vaux High School tweeted Thursday that he'll be attending St. John's next season, picking Steve Lavin's Red Storm over Temple and UCLA.

Recently upgraded to a five-star recruit by ESPN scouting, Jordan was one of only two members of the nation's Top 100 who had not committed to a school for next year. He is ranked as the fifth-best point guard in the 2013 recruiting class by Rivals.

Just last week, Jordan received both the PIAA Class A player of the year award and the Phoenix Award, which goes to the best senior in the Philadelphia Public League. He finished his senior year averaging 25.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game. On Feb. 27 at the Liacouras Center, Temple's home floor, Jordan broke Wilt Chamberlain's record for the most points scored in a Public League final, dropping 45 in a losing effort to Imhotep Charter.

Temple briefly appeared to have the inside track on Jordan after St. John's ran out of scholarships and head coach Ben Howland was dismissed at UCLA in late March. He would have been the biggest get of coach Fran Dunphy's tenure.

Circumstances changed, however, when St. John's sophomore swingman Amir Garrett, a prospect in the Cincinnati Reds' organization, chose to pursue a career in professional baseball last week, opening up an extra scholarship for Jordan. One day later, Jordan moved up his announcement date from April 15 to April 11.

The decision obviously hurts Temple, which is losing seniors Khalif Wyatt, Scootie Randall, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, T.J. DiLeo and Jake O'Brien.

The Owls currently have just 10 players on their roster for next season and only two of those — Anthony Lee and Will Cummings — saw the floor in the program's season-ending loss to Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. Temple's 2013 recruiting class is thus far comprised of New Jersey guards John Brown, from St. Anthony's, and Kyle Green, from Camden Catholic.

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