Rysheed Jordan commits to St. John's

Vaux senior guard Rysheed Jordan made an oral commitment to St. John's. Stories, C1 and C7.
Vaux senior guard Rysheed Jordan made an oral commitment to St. John's. Stories, C1 and C7. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: April 13, 2013

Rysheed Jordan flirted with the idea of playing college basketball within walking distance of his Brewerytown home. But flirtations were all they proved to be.

The Vaux senior guard announced via Twitter on Thursday morning that he had orally committed to St. John's, choosing the Red Storm over Temple and UCLA. He cannot sign a letter of intent until Wednesday.

Last month, Jordan was named The Inquirer's top player in Southeastern Pennsylvania after he led Vaux to the school's first PIAA Class A state title.

Jordan declined an interview request Thursday night after he scored 31 points to lead his all-star team to a 100-94 win in the Albert C. Donofrio Classic in Conshohocken.

Temple made the first offer Jordan got as a freshman, and he grew up just west of campus before moving to Brewerytown. He frequented Owls games this season, prompting speculation that Temple might have a chance to land the five-star recruit.

The Public League's player of the year played his cards close to the vest all season before giving subtle hints within the last month. Two days after St. John's coach Steve Lavin watched Jordan's state playoff game, the 6-foot-4 guard announced he would commit April 15. He moved it to Thursday, a day after the Red Storm opened up a scholarship.

At St. John's, Jordan will be given the chance to start immediately because Lavin's team needs a point guard. UCLA was thought to be out of the running after coach Ben Howland was fired following the NCAA tournament.

Jordan averaged 24.8 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior at Vaux.

Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @matt_breen.

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