When the St. John’s Red Storm hired NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin this offseason to be their newest head coach, he thought he was inheriting a talented roster led by elite shot blocker Chris Obekpa and one of the nation’s star freshmen last year in Rysheed Jordan.
The star frosh finished the year on a downturn as St. John’s lost in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tourney, but finished with respectable averages of 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists and was one of the most explosive players in the Big East last season. With the departures of leading scorers D’Angelo Harrison and Phill Greene IV, Jordan was looked upon as potentially being a Big East POY candidate.
But all of that may now be in jeopardy as a recent report by the New York Daily News states that Jordan is expected to be ruled academically ineligible to play in the fall semester of the 2015-16 season and it’s possible he may not play again for the Red Storm.
Details of the pending ineligibility have not yet been made public there is some speculation that Jordan, despite pledging to return to the Red Storm for his sophomore season, may have decided to make the jump to the NBA and stopped going to classes late during the school year. Jakarr Sampson was the last Red Storm player to go undrafted but earn a spot on an NBA roster last season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
A conflicting report also claims that Jordan may not yet have played his last game for the Red Storm, or did he?….
A source close to the St. John’s program said a departure is not a done deal. Jordan has been told what he must do in school during the summer session and fall semester in order to be able to play from mid-December through March. He is expected to meet with new coach Chris Mullin in the coming week, and a decision could be made then on whether he will continue at St. John’s.
However, a source close to Jordan said that he already has told those close to him in his hometown of Philadelphia that his time with the Johnnies is through.
Let’s all hope that Jordan makes the right decision to return to school, make things right this Summer, and get that all important education to be a back-up plan for his pro hoops career.
Check out some highlights of Rysheed Jordan during his freshman season…
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.