Vaux' Jordan is Daily News Player of the Year

Posted: March 29, 2013

FOR THE REST of his basketball life, perhaps Rysheed Jordan should make sure he always faces a major distraction. Didn't keep him from thriving during this just-finished season.

The 6-4, 185-pound Jordan, a senior point guard at Roberts Vaux High, and widely ranked among the country's top 30 high school players, was pestered nonstop to reveal his college destination. He instead chose the keep-'em-in-suspense route, even after tweeting a couple times (kiddingly, it turned out) he'd reveal his choice after kicking Team X's butt.

Now, he insists, he will make his announcement April 15 ("This whole process was really taxing," he'll be able to say) and the Final Three remain Temple, St. John's and UCLA.

Jordan, our Player of the Year in connection with the Daily News All-City Team, was a relentless, yet sensible whirlwind all season for Vaux, which advanced to the Public League championship game, then won the Class A state title in its seventh and final season (it's closing in June).

Jordan tallied 745 points in 30 games (missed two) for a 24.8 average, tops in the city. He shot a little more than 50 percent from the floor (53 treys) and a little less than 72 percent at the line, while adding 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals.

He was outrageous in the title tilts, exploding for 45 points vs. Imhotep Charter and 32 vs. Johnsonburg. He shot 24-for-41 and 25-for-29.

His career produced 1,817 points.

Thumbnail sketches of the other first-teamers:

Stephen Vasturia, St. Joseph's Prep: Smooth yet fiercely competitive, the 6-5 senior guard (and forward, by default) paced the Hawks to the Catholic League final and a Class AAAA semifinal. Notched 615 points in 30 games (20.5) while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor (38.3 on treys) and 88.1 at the line. Added a team-high 7.1 rebounds, along with 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals. Notre Dame signee. Finished his career with 1,764 points and hit 89.2 percent of his free throws.

Brandon Austin, Imhotep: A slinky, quiet assassin, this 6-7 senior guard sparked the Panthers to Pub and state crowns, while his raising his titles total to five in three starting seasons. Tallied 562 points in 33 games (17.0), while adding 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Also became an outstanding defender. Scored 1,141 career points. Bound for Providence.

Ja'Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti: A true warrior, especially at crunch time, the 6-3 junior guard willed the Saints to a fifth consecutive CL championship with an assortment of hard drives and jumpers. Rang up 533 points (18.4), while also contributing 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals. His shooting averages were 49.5 (floor) and 74.5 (line). Owns 1,302 career points and numerous scholarship offers.

Amar Stukes, La Salle: This 6-1 senior guard, respectable as a junior, added poise and major polish to his skills set while making the jump to franchise player. Posted 450 points in 23 games (19.6), while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 72.1 at the line. Also boasted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6; 6.7 average on the dimes. Became the Explorers' sixth 1,000-point career scorer (1,036). Headed for the other La Salle.

Our Coach of the Year is Jamie Ross, of Vaux.

In an era when charters and special-admits are dominating the Pub, Ross showed that a good, ol' neighborhood school can still get it done, especially after persuading its franchise player to stay still and not jump ship.

Ross tackled an extremely challenging schedule for a Class A school - opponents from seven states, not including Pennsylvania - and persevered to win a state title after falling by one point to Imhotep in the PL final.

All the while, Ross dealt with this important variable: As mentioned above, Vaux will close this June, and other coaches kept trying to make inroads with his better underclassmen.

Daily News All-City


Rysheed Jordan, Roberts Vaux: 6-4, G, Sr.

Stephen Vasturia, St. Joseph's Prep: 6-5, G, Sr.

Brandon Austin, Imhotep Charter : 6-7, G, Sr.

Ja'Quan Newton, Ss. Neumann-Goretti: 6-3, G, Jr.

Amar Stukes, La Salle: 6-1, G, Sr.


Jeremiah Worthem, MC&S Charter: 6-7, G-F, Sr.

Julian Moore , Germantown Academy: 6-9, C, Sr.

John Davis, Ss. Neumann-Goretti: 6-5, F, Sr.

Hakeem Baxter, Phila. Elec. Charter: 6-2, G, Sr.

Yosef Yacob, Archbishop Carroll : 6-0, G, Sr.

Fa'Teem Glenn , Martin Luther King : 5-9, G, Sr.


Shep Garner, Roman Catholic: 6-2, G, Jr.

Rashann London, Roman Catholic: 6-2, G, Jr.

Miles Overton, St. Joseph's Prep: 6-3, G-F, Sr.

Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll: 6-6, F, So.

Levan "Shawn" Alston , Haverford School : 6-3, G, So.

HONORABLE MENTION (Seniors unless noted)

Raquan Brown-Johnson, King, G

Jahyde Gardiner, Freire, G-F

Shafeek Taylor, MC&S, G

David Johnson, Comm Tech, G

Mike Sturdivant, Masterman, G

Quadir Welton, MC&S, F-C

Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution, F, soph.

Samir Doughty, Comm Tech, G, soph.

Danil Mateo, Fels, G

Jameal Tucker, Palumbo, F

Yahmir Greenlee, Boys' Latin, G

Jamie Betancourt, Kensington, G

Britton Lee, MC&S, G

Pat Smith, Wood, G-F, jr.

Tyrell Long, McDevitt, F, jr.

Bryan Okolo, Ryan, G

Manny Taylor, Roman, F-C, soph.

Steve Smith, La Salle, G

Hanif Sutton, Neumann-Goretti, G

Mike Louden, O'Hara, G

Greg Dotson, Gtn. Academy, F

Sean O'Brien, Penn Charter, G, jr.

Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter, F-C

Chris McNeal, Episcopal, G, jr.

Nick Lindner, Gtn. Academy, G

All-Public (Selected by Daily News)


Rysheed Jordan, Vaux: 6-4, G, Sr.

Brandon Austin, Imhotep: 6-7, G, Sr.

Jeremiah Worthem, MC&S: 6-7, G-F, Sr.

Hakeem Baxter, PET: 6-2, G, Sr.

Fa'Teem Glenn, King: 5-9, G, Sr.


Raquan Brown-Johnson, King: 6-5, G, Sr.

Jahyde Gardiner, Freire: 6-5, G-F, Sr.

Shafeek Taylor, MC&S: 6-4, G, Sr.

David Johnson, C. Tech: 5-11, G, Sr.

Mike Sturdivant, Masterman: 5-11, G, Sr.

Quadir Welton, MC&S: 6-6, F-C, Sr.


Ahmad Gilbert, Const.: 6-5, F, So.

Samir Doughty, C. Tech: 6-3, G, So.

Danil Mateo, Fels: 5-9, G, Sr.

Jameal Tucker, Palumbo: 6-6, F, Sr.

Yahmir Greenlee, B. Latin: 5-8, G, Sr.

Jamie Betancourt , Kensington: 6-1, G, Sr.


Britton Lee, MC&S: 5-11, G, Sr.

Mustapha Traore, Prep Char.: 6-8, F, Jr.

Basil Thompson, Imhotep: 6-5, F, Jr.

Steven Griffin, PET: 6-0, G, Sr.

Jai Williams, PET: 6-8, C, Sr.

Dequan Jackson, Dobb: 6-4, G-F, Sr.


Sammy Foreman, Vaux: 6-0, G, So.

Stanley Whittaker, Esperanza: 5-10, G, Sr.

Antwan James, Sayre: 6-4, F-C, Jr.

Terrence Brown, C. Tech: 6-4, F, Sr.

Abraham Massaley, Imhotep: 5-11, G, Sr.

Quadir Nock, Audenried: 5-10, G, Sr.


Donte' Winfield, Gratz: 5-11, G, Sr.

Anthony Wright-Downing, Sankofa: 6-2, G-F, Jr.

Shakeem Stevens, Olney: 6-0, G, Sr.

Malachi Thompson, Palmer: 6-3, G, Jr.

Dache' Talbert, Sankofa: 5-8, G, Sr.

HIGH HONORABLE MENTION (Seniors unless noted)

GUARDS - Gary Bryant, Masterman; Deryl Bagwell, Imhotep; De'Andre Williams, Northeast; Donavan Barnes, Mansion, soph; Richard Burton, Sayre; Tobias Stokes, GAMP; Amir Butler, Vaux; Jamier Cross, Carroll; Khayri Washington, Bartram; Kyle Lafferty, Central; Ikeal Johnson, Elverson.

FORWARDS/CENTERS - Ralik Wise, Southern; Dyshon Pack, PET; Nisiar Smith, Franklin LC; Chris Bing, Central, jr.

HONORABLE MENTION (Seniors unless noted)

GUARDS - Dashante "DJ" Alexander, Gratz; Charles Brown, Olney; Jason Hutzler, Bracetti; Devante Truitt, Washington, soph.; Malik Noel, Bartram; Shakoor Woodson, King; Floyd Preito, Constitution, jr.; Patrick Upchurch, Randolph; Jaleel Parlin, West Phila.; Julius VanGuine, Kensington; Michael Human, Del-Val; Brandon Jiles, Mansion; Kevin Cooper, Lamberton; Daquan Bohannan, Northeast; Devin Bullock, New Media; Shakore Taylor, E&S; Kimar Williams, Constitution, soph.; Clayton "CJ" Wolfe, Del-Val, jr.; Joseph Ricketts, Frankford, jr.; James Harrison, Overbrook; Jamir Leach, Mastery South; Jakobi Martin-Howard, Science Lead.

FORWARDS/CENTERS - Joseph Walker, Bodine, jr.; Emmanuel Young, Franklin; Trayvond Massenburg, Vaux, jr.; Donald Robinson, Frankford;

Jack Christmas, Masterman; Mikhail "Meek" Wilson, GAMP; Adonis Rosario, Lincoln; Quahdire Gordon, Univ. City; Eddie Powell, Boys' Latin; Jihaad Fluellen, Robeson, jr.; Alwell Agbara, Esperanza; Anthony Harris, Mastbaum, jr.; Nigel Grant, Imhotep; Imir Bailey, Germantown; Ravi Sinanan, Esperanza; Joe Flynn, Phila. Acad.; D'Andre Parmley, Swenson; Basheer Hairston, Douglas.

All-Catholic (Selected by Daily News)


Stephen Vasturia, SJ Prep: 6-5, G, Sr.

Ja'Quan Newton, N-G: 6-3, G, Jr.

Amar Stukes, La Salle: 6-1, G, Sr.

John Davis, N-G: 6-5, F, Sr.

Yosef Yacob, Carroll: 6-0, G, Sr.


Shep Garner, Roman: 6-1, G, Jr.

Rashann London, Roman: 6-2, G, Jr.

Miles Overton, SJ Prep: 6-4, G-F, Sr.

Derrick Jones, Carroll: 6-6, F, So.

Pat Smith, Wood: 6-4, G-F, Jr.

Tyrell Long, McDevitt: 6-6, F, Jr.


Bryan Okolo, Ryan: 5-10, G, Sr.

Manny Taylor, Roman: 6-6, F-C, So.

Steve Smith, La Salle: 6-7, G, Sr.

Hanif Sutton, N-G: 5-9, G, Sr.

Mike Louden, O'Hara: 6-0, G, Sr.


Kenyatta Long, McDevitt: 5-9, G, Sr.

Brandon McGuire, Judge: 6-5, F-C, Sr.

Gage Galeone, Ryan: 5-11, G, Sr.

Kyle Thompson, SJ Prep: 6-1, G, Jr.

Malik Robinson, Judge: 6-3, G-F, Jr.

Carl Garner, McDevitt: 6-4, F, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION (Seniors unless noted)

GUARDS - Nick Jones, Carroll, soph.; Brian Rafferty, Lansdale, jr.; Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble, N-G, soph.; Andrew Riviello, Lansdale, jr.; Tyler Reed, Ryan; Sean Hanna, Judge.

FORWARDS/CENTERS - Ernest Aflakpui, Carroll, soph.; Pat Vanderslice, B-P; Ryan Winslow, La Salle; Chris Clover, SJ Prep, soph.; Joe LoStracco, Wood, jr.; Tony Toplyn, N-G, jr.; Nick Czibik, B-P; TreVaughn Wilkerson, Roman, soph.; LaPri Pace, C-E, fresh.; Shane Neher, Wood.

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