4/11/13

NY State of Mind: 5 Star Recruit Jordan Picks St. John's

by Josh Adams
Managing Editor
@NCAAhoopsdigest


Rysheed Jordan/philly.com

"Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do"- New York State of Mind (Jay Z)

With a love for New York City and for his new teammates at St. John's University, 5 star recruit Rysheed Jordan is heading to Queens as he selected the Johnnies for his college career.

Jordan had his school choices narrowed down to UCLA, Temple and St. John's. He ultimately picked the Red Storm after Ben Howland was fired by the Bruins and his desire to leave his hometown of Philadelphia and play for St. John's coach Steve Lavin's system. "I liked New York City and Coach Lavin is a great coach, just awesome" said Jordan. He also cited a great relationship with St. John's players Chris Obekpa and Phil Greene during his recruiting visit as a major factor in his decision.

St. John's had a tumultuous 2012-13 campaign with the suspension of team captain D'Angelo Harrison and losing 7 out of their last 9 games. They did get a win in the postseason NIT against St. Joe's,  and will have JaKarr Sampson, Harrison and touted big men Orlando Sanchez and God's Gift Achiuwa in their rotation for next season.

Lavin has shown with the commitment of Jordan that he hasn't lost a step in recruiting. Now the pressure is on him and the St. John's team to make the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14. Anything less than that will be viewed as a major disappointment by the St. John's fan base.  With the move into the new conference and a very talented roster, St. John's has positioned itself well to take over the back page of the NYC tabloids next season.