On Jordan: The BIG EAST Conference Preseason Rookie of the year ... an explosive scorer and five-star playmaker ranked as high as the No. 3 point guard by national recruiting services ... a gifted and versatile floor general ranked 17th nationally in the ESPN 100, he is the highest-rated recruit head coach Steve Lavin has signed since coming to St. John's in March of 2010 ... also the highest-rated rookie prospect headed into the new BIG EAST Conference ... a candidate for 2014 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors, as St. John's basketball players recruited by Lavin have claimed the last two awards - Moe Harkless in 2012 and JaKarr Sampson in 2013 ... his signing added to a Lavin recruiting legacy that includes two No. 1 ranked classes (1998, 2001), the 1997 No. 2 class, the 2011 No. 3 class, the 2012 No. 8 class and a total of eight McDonald's All-Americans ... first name pronounced "RYE-sheed."
Steve Lavin On Jordan: "We landed a special talent from Philadelphia in Rysheed Jordan. Relative to this stage of a first year player, Rysheed is as impressive as any player I've coached. For a freshman, he has unusual poise, composure, competitive spirit and defensive prowess. His judgments and precise passing given the early juncture of his career is unique."
At Roberts Vaux: The 2012-13 Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletics Association (PIAA) State Player of the Year in 2012-13 and a three-time all-state performer (2011, 2012, 2013) ... averaged 24.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game and authored one of the most prolific and galvanizing senior campaigns in Philadelphia's storied high school basketball history ... nicknamed "The Prince of North Philly" by national and local media outlets ... built a substantial following in the City of Brotherly Love while leading Roberts Vaux High School to a 24-8 record and its first PIAA Class A State championship ... named the City Player of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer ... the recipient of the Phoenix award, presented to top high school male athlete in the Philadelphia Public League (PPL) ... a first team PPL all-conference team member as a sophomore, junior and senior ... led Vaux high to the 2013 PPL finals, where he scored 46 points with six rebounds, six steals and six assists in a 67-66 loss to Imhotep. The performance, which has already been etched into local lore in Philadelphia, was his third 40-plus point effort of the season ... keyed Vaux to the PIAA Class A state quarterfinals as a sophomore in 2010-11 and as a junior in
2011-12 ... coached at Vaux by Jamie Ross, and played summer basketball for the vaunted Philly Pride, coached by Kamal Yard.
Personal: Rysheed Nadir Jordan ... born in Philadelphia, Pa. ... son of Amina Robinson ... the oldest of seven children ... has two younger sisters, Aleasha (17) and Kahliya (10) ... also has four younger brothers, Nieeam (11), Dashawn (9), Jahid (7) and Braheem (5) ... majoring in liberal studies.
UP CLOSE WITH RYSHEED JORDAN
Favorite TV Show: Martin.
What's on my iPod/iPhone/mp3 player: Meek Mill.
Favorite food: Chicken. Or for junk food, Slim Jims.
Favorite class: Math class.
Favorite actor: Kevin Hart.
Favorite athlete/sports team: The Miami Heat.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Win games.
What are your funny superstitions/pregame rituals: Listen to music.
If I were Coach Lavin for the day I would: Give a day off.