Rysheed Jordan is one of the nation's more sought-after unsigned recruits in the Class of 2013. Not for long, however. He'll be off the market soon. The senior point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Vaux Roberts plans to make an announcement about his final college destination on April 15 and a select few programs remain in the running for a commitment.
After recently narrowing down his list, St. John's, Temple and UCLA are the frontrunners for the 6-foot-2 and 175-pound floor general. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Jordan is the country's No. 8 player at his position, No. 39 overall. So yes, it's safe to say that he's a hot commodity. One of the hotter around, mind you.
Along with Jordan, there are a handful of high-profile seniors who are still uncommitted, including Andrew Wiggins from Huntington (WV) Huntington Prep, Julius Randle from Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian, Aaron Gordon from San Jose (CA) Archbishop Mitty and Jermaine Lawrence from Sparta (NJ) Pope John.
With an all-important decision to made over the course of the next month, and plenty of hype surrounding the choice, it has been particularly been difficult to track down Jordan. He has not responded to multiple requests for an interview. That fact, however, will not prevent us from breaking down the possibilities for him.
The Bruins are perhaps the most interesting of the bunch. Jordan has visited Westwood a couple times, and following the last trip, said he liked what coach Ben Howland & Co. had to offer. With senior Larry Drew II set to graduate and freshman Kyle Anderson in the back-court mix, playing time right away appears to be an option.
Closer to home, St. John's emerged as a player for Jordan during the early stages of the recruiting process and coach Steve Lavin has been in constant contact since. The Red Storm head honcho, in fact, was in attendance to see him in action during the recent state playoffs.
Temple has the home-court advantage, so to speak. Jordan could be enticed to play for the Owls in the near future and essentially do so in his own backyard. Credit is given where it's due: Coach Fran Dunphy has done an admiral job of keeping local recruits close to home.
It's difficult to determine his favorite. Jordan will put an end to the suspense on April 15 regardless, and another one of the nation's premier players will be off the board.
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