Rysheed Jordan has been known as one of the nation's more high-profile unsigned prospects in the Class of 2013 for quite some time now. All of that changed on Thursday morning, however, when the 6-foot-2 senior from Philadelphia (Pa.) Vaux Roberts committed to St. John's.
Rysheed Jordan committed to St. John's on Thursday morning.
The Red Storm were in his final three schools, with Temple and UCLA. Each program had been doing its perceived best to secure an all-important pledge given the fact that Jordan is the country's No. 8 point guard in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 39 overall.
His name is often mentioned in the same sentence as some of the nation's best at his position, which includes well-known peers such as Duke commit Andrew Harrison from Richmond (Tex.) Travis and Florida commit Kasey Hill from Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy.
It was thought that Temple had the home-court advantage, so to speak, in the Jordan sweepstakes. Playing in his own backyard was an interesting proposition. Not to mention, Owls coach Fran Dunphy had recently done an admiral job of keeping recruits close to home.
The Bruins were also an option. Jordan visited a couple times and said he liked what one-time coach Ben Howland had to offer. Once Steve Alford was hired, the communication lines were never apparently the same.
St. John's emerged as a player during the early stages of the whole recruiting process and coach Steve Lavin remained in constant contact with Jordan. The Red Storm head honcho, in fact, was in attendance to see him during the recent state playoffs. Perhaps that helped to seal the deal for a commitment.
Whatever the case, Jordan is off the board. Another one of the country's top players in his class has made a decision about college ball. And in this case, that bodes well for St. John's.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky