Carroll guard finds mentor in Jordan

Archbishop Carroll guard David Beatty (right) maintainsa close relationship with his mentor, St. John's University freshman Rysheed Jordan. MATT BREEN / Staff
Archbishop Carroll guard David Beatty (right) maintainsa close relationship with his mentor, St. John's University freshman Rysheed Jordan. MATT BREEN / Staff
Posted: June 06, 2014

David Beatty was not quite sure what he was going to do with the 6-foot, green-and-gold MVP trophy he won at Friday's All City Classic.

Getting it home would not be a problem because his mother drove an SUV to Girard College. But if Beatty needed any advice on what to do with it once he got it home, he could always ask Rysheed Jordan, whom Beatty often seeks for guidance.

Jordan is the starting point guard at St. John's. Beatty is finishing his freshman year at Archbishop Carroll.

Both grew up in North Philadelphia and went to middle school four grades apart at George G. Meade at 18th and Oxford streets. They played in the same youth basketball league, and Beatty now plays for Philly Pride, the same AAU program that molded Jordan.

With Jordan home until July, the two work out together at a recreation center and at AAU practices.

"It's good to get to know how everything works from someone who is on the inside," Beatty said, "and to get advice from someone who went through all the stuff that I'm about to go through."

Jordan's advice is simple: keep working and stay humble. And what Beatty is about to go through is the college recruiting process.

Beatty, as Jordan was, is one of the area's top guards. The 6-foot-3 point guard said he has received interest from Syracuse, Temple, Villanova, Maryland, and Siena.

Beatty said he wants to play in the Big East, where Jordan plays.

"He wants to go where the big dogs are at," Jordan said.

Kamal Yard, director of Philly Pride, said there are strong on-court similarities between Jordan and Beatty. He said both are strong and play with aggression and defensive tenacity. They even look alike, he said.

Being a mentor is a role Jordan relishes, Yard said.

"Rysheed is a natural giver," Yard said. "He just took Dave under his wing as being the next guy and trying to help him navigate those challenges."

Jordan said Beatty has to work on his jump shot, just as he did. But more important than a jumper, Jordan said, is Beatty's "North Philly heart."

"Leave everything on the floor," Jordan said. "Just growing up in the neighborhood, you watch other people play, and that's how they play."

Jordan used to search the Internet when he was younger for videos of Mike Green, who grew up in North Philly and starred at Butler. Beatty said he does something similar now, looking for footage of Jordan.

"Sometimes I'll search his name on YouTube," Beatty said. "I'm not even going to lie. Just look at what he does and imitate his moves.

"When I was younger, I would try to do the same things he did in exactly the same way."

And if he wants to keep his trophies exactly the same way as Jordan did, Beatty will need to find room in his living room. But as Jordan can tell him, it can get crowded quickly.


mbreen@phillynews.com

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