Rysheed Jordan picks St. John’s over Temple, UCLA

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Rysheed Jordan picked St. John's and coach Steve Lavin on Thursday morning.  (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Rysheed Jordan picked St. John’s and coach Steve Lavin on Thursday morning. (Photo: Josh Verlin)

Anthony Bellino (@bellino_anthony)

All season long, Temple fans have speculated as to whether or not Philadelphia native and Vaux senior Rysheed Jordan would choose to stay in his hometown and play basketball at Temple.

Unfortunately for the Cherry and White faithful, Jordan chose to take his talents north of the border when he committed to continue his athletic and academic career at St. John’s University on Thursday morning.

He Tweeted his decision out around 9am, choosing to become a member of the Red Storm over Temple and UCLA, his previously announced final three.

Jordan, a 6-foot-4 point guard, could’ve been a program changer for Temple; instead, he’ll be trying to improve a St. John’s program that went 17-16 (8-10 Big East) this season. His athleticism at the point guard position is his biggest asset, Jordan is bigger and more athletic than just about many ball-handling guards he’ll play against.

St. John’s had just one senior guard off their 2012-13 roster, Jamal White. White played very sparingly this season, only appearing in five games on the year. Jordan’s athletic abilities will likely mesh nicely with the Red Storm, a young team that had just one senior on their roster.

In his senior season Jordan claimed just about every honor a Philadelphia public league player could capture. Jordan won the Phoenix award as the best player in the Public League after leading the city with a 24.8 ppg average. He was also the main reason Vaux claimed a Class A state championship in its final season, and was named the Class A state Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.

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