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March 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - In the final three minutes of the first half, Vaux saw a nine-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. But Rysheed Jordan and his teammates, with the burning desire to mark the program's end with a state championship, were not about to let undersized, scrappy Johnsonburg pull off a storybook ending. "We had to win something," Jordan said. "After losing in the Public League final, our main focus was states. " The Cougars, switching to a man-to-man defense and taking away three-point looks, regained command late in the third quarter and stormed past the Rams, 83-63, Friday afternoon to claim the PIAA Class A title at the Giant Center.
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March 24, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - Vaux reached the summit Friday afternoon, beating District 9's Johnsonburg for the PIAA Class A boys' basketball championship. Soon, all the Cougars will be moving on. With a target date of April 15 for his announcement, senior Rysheed Jordan, Vaux's star guard, is expected to commit to Temple, St. John's, or UCLA. "I really love all those schools," the senior said after netting 32 points, five steals, and four assists in 31 minutes vs. the Rams. And with Vaux set to close in June, several non-seniors, including sophomore combination guard Sammy Foreman and 6-foot-8 junior Trayvond Massenburg, will have to leave 23d and Master and find another school to call home.
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January 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The battle between Vaux's Rysheed Jordan and Imhotep Charter's Brandon Austin, arguably the city's top two guards, had its share of special moments. And while a determined Jordan registered 24 points, it was an across-the-board effort that propelled the visiting Cougars to a 73-51 blitzing of the bigger Panthers in a Public League Division A clash Tuesday. Vaux pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 21-2 explosion. "Today was the day we finally put it all together," coach Jamie Ross said.
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March 16, 2013 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With St. John's coach Steve Lavin watching from behind the Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. "He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time. " With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal at La Salle High. Jordan, who also is considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points.
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March 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With St. John's coach Steve Lavin watching from behind the Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. "He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time. " With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal at La Salle High. Jordan, who also is considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points.
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March 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - In the final three minutes of the first half, Vaux saw a nine-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. But Rysheed Jordan and his teammates, with the burning desire to mark the program's end with a state championship, were not about to let undersized, scrappy Johnsonburg pull off a storybook ending. "We had to win something," Jordan said. "After losing in the Public League final, our main focus was states. " The Cougars, switching to a man-to-man defense and taking away three-point looks, regained command late in the third quarter and stormed past the Rams, 83-63, Friday afternoon to claim the PIAA Class A title at the Giant Center.
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December 10, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rysheed Jordan, one of the city's top boys' basketball players, showed no signs of a senior season burdened by a looming college decision on Sunday afternoon. Jordan's 22 points lifted Vaux past St. Andrew's School of Delaware, 66-61, in the Kyle Lowry FamJuice Tip-Off Classic at Philadelphia University. Last weekend, Jordan made an official visit to UCLA and whittled his list down to the Bruins, St. John's, and Temple. He said he is in no rush to make his decision and is not ready to set a date for it. Temple coach Fran Dunphy was in the stands on Sunday, as was St. John's assistant Tony Chiles.
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January 30, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Rysheed Jordan, the city's top uncommitted senior, was suspended from the game Tuesday as host Vaux fell to Philadelphia Electrical, 58-51, in Public League Division A boys' basketball. Hakeem Baxter led PET with 28 points and Dyshon Pack hit a late three. Jordan is choosing from among Temple, St. John's, and UCLA. "He's disappointed, but he violated one of our team rules so we couldn't let him play," Vaux coach Jamie Ross said. Phila. Elect 14 6 17 21 - 58 Vaux 14 14 10 13 - 51 PE: Hakeem Baxter 28, Marquis Daniels 6, Dyshon Pack 11, Riley 2, Zakee Shakur 11. V: Amir Butler 8, Sammy Foreman 4, Daron Johnson 11, Trayvond Massenburg 2, Lester Mattox 1, Taariq Ross 8, Karon Snead 11, Khalief Tinley 6.
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March 21, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal against Math, Civics & Sciences, Vaux guard Rysheed Jordan said he noticed one particular fan seated in the top row of the Ben Franklin High stands. The fan, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy, had entered the game near halftime - just before Jordan took over. The senior opened the third quarter with a quick seven points as Vaux toppled the Mighty Elephants, 83-66, to advance to Friday's state boys' basketball final.
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April 13, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 12, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
RYSHEED JORDAN won't be playing college basketball maybe a mile east of his North Philly home. Instead, the Roberts Vaux High superguard announced via Twitter just before 9 a.m. Thursday that he's headed for St. John's. Temple, St. John's and UCLA were the members of his Final Three. "I wanted to go [to Temple] since I was little," Jordan said Thursday afternoon by cellphone. "Coach [Fran] Dunphy did a great job recruiting me. Came to my practices and mostly all my games.
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April 11, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
A little birdie won't be telling us, but a world-class tweeter will. Rysheed Jordan, a first-magnitude basketball star at Roberts Vaux High, is expected to announce his college decision early Thursday morning via Twitter. Jordan, the Daily News City Player of the Year, darn near lives on Twitter (@sheedjordan), peppering the site with interesting and/or funny comments. The 6-4 guard, who owns a national profile, is down to Temple, St. John's and UCLA, and recently there have been indications he's headed for the school in NYC. A source in New York told the Daily News via email, "We're hearing a lot of rumors, saying he'll go to St. John's . . . and no counter rumors saying otherwise.
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April 11, 2013
Vaux senior guard Rysheed Jordan is expected to commit to St. John's when he announces his college choice on Thursday, a source close to the situation said Wednesday night. Jordan will choose from among the Red Storm, Temple, and UCLA at a news conference. The site and time were not set as of Wednesday evening. Calls to Jordan and his coaches were not immediately returned. The 6-foot-3 Jordan was the Public League's player of the year. He also was named the state Class A player of the year by the Associated Press.
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April 5, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
RYSHEED JORDAN and Brandon Austin were named players of the year in their respective classes on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State teams announced Wednesday. Roberts Vaux's Jordan, the Daily News Player of the Year, was selected the top player in Class A. Austin, of Imhotep Charter, took the honor in Class AA. Both are seniors whose teams won state championships this season. In Class AAAA, Chester senior Rondae Jefferson was the pick for top player. St. Joseph's Prep senior Stephen Vasturia also made first-team all-state.
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March 24, 2013 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
HERSHEY - Nothing like a last memory that's also the best. Yes, Roberts Vaux High will be closing its doors this June, but the basketball team made its final game oh-so-special by storming to a state championship. In its seventh season of Public League membership, the former junior high, stationed at 23rd and Master in North Philly, used a 32-point outburst by superguard Rysheed Jordan, among other positives, to claim PIAA Class A honors Friday with 83-63 win over Johnsonburg (up toward Erie; not that close to it, though)
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March 24, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
HERSHEY, Pa. - Vaux reached the summit Friday afternoon, beating District 9's Johnsonburg for the PIAA Class A boys' basketball championship. Soon, all the Cougars will be moving on. With a target date of April 15 for his announcement, senior Rysheed Jordan, Vaux's star guard, is expected to commit to Temple, St. John's, or UCLA. "I really love all those schools," the senior said after netting 32 points, 5, and 4 assists in 31 minutes against the Rams. And with Vaux set to close in June, several non-seniors, including sophomore combination guard Sammy Foreman and 6-foot-8 junior Trayvond Massenburg, will have to leave 23d and Master and find another school to call home.
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March 24, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - Vaux reached the summit Friday afternoon, beating District 9's Johnsonburg for the PIAA Class A boys' basketball championship. Soon, all the Cougars will be moving on. With a target date of April 15 for his announcement, senior Rysheed Jordan, Vaux's star guard, is expected to commit to Temple, St. John's, or UCLA. "I really love all those schools," the senior said after netting 32 points, five steals, and four assists in 31 minutes vs. the Rams. And with Vaux set to close in June, several non-seniors, including sophomore combination guard Sammy Foreman and 6-foot-8 junior Trayvond Massenburg, will have to leave 23d and Master and find another school to call home.
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