March 1, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced that freshman guard Rysheed Jordan would not play in Sunday's game against De Paul while mourning the loss of his close relative, Niaja Kane.
Jordan, who attended Kane's memorial service in Philadelphia on Friday as did Lavin, is expected to be in dress clothes on the St. John's bench on Sunday.
"Rysheed attended Niaja's funeral yesterday in Philadelphia and he will return to New York tonight. This has been a very challenging week for Rysheed and his family as they have been grieving this tragic loss," said Lavin. "It's clear that Rysheed needs more time before returning to action. He will not suit up for tomorrow's game but will be on the bench to support his teammates. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Rysheed and his family."
Kane passed away at the age of 32 on Feb. 22 in Philadelphia, the day the Red Storm met Villanova at Wells Fargo Center.
Jordan, the 2013-14 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year and three-time Rookie of the Week, is averaging 9.0 points and leading the squad in assists with 81 (3.0 per game, 14th in the BIG EAST; 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, T-12th). In BIG EAST play, those numbers have surged to 10.7 points, 3.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 29.3 minutes per contest.
The Red Storm meets DePaul and honors its seniors in the home finale on Sunday, March 2, at The Garden (noon, CBS Sports Network).