Just a few days after Chris Mullin and St. John’s roped in a top-notch recruit in Marcus LoVett, the school announced over the weekend that junior guard Rysheed Jordan will be academically ineligible for the fall semester.
After clashes with ex-St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, while also having a strong desire to play in the NBA, Jordan never put much effort into his schoolwork. There are some rumblings from inside the program that Jordan may be permanently done at St. John’s.
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The enigmatic, yet talented, Jordan, a five-star recruit entering St. John’s two years ago, was unsure about returning to the school following a sophomore season that saw him average 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He weighed entering his name in the NBA Draft, though his name wasn’t found on mock drafts, but ultimately decided to return to the school.
Nevertheless, the sources said he has neglected the student aspect of being a student athlete since returning from a leave of absence from the team in early January, and is in serious danger of not being able to compete in the fall semester, and possibly even further.
Jordan’s absence will be exacerbated with the Red Storm already losing seniors D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch. With Jordan gone, LoVett figures to get a significant amount of time at point guard for St. John’s next season.
If Jordan is done for good, Chris Obekpa would be the only player on St. John’s roster who averaged more than 10 minutes per game last season.