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Lavin Gets His Man: Jordan to St. John’s

The St. John’s men’s basketball team  secured its sole target for the 2013 recruiting class today as Rysheed Jordan announced his commitment to the Red Storm over Twitter this morning.

“I am looking forward to taking the next steps as a basketball player and in continuing my education at St. John’s University,” Jordan said in a statement. “Throughout the recruiting process it became clear St. John’s is the best fit for me.”

Jordan said that he developed a strong relationship with head coach Steve Lavin, the coaching staff and players. He also said he believes he can
contribute immediately.

“The full-court, uptempo attacking system of play is suited for my game,” he said.

Kamal Yard, Jordan’s travel team director with the Philly Pride AAU team, told the Torch that he is “a tough hombre,” who “doesn’t mind getting dirty.”

“St. John’s is getting a player that they haven’t had in a while,” Yard said. “This guy is athletic with play making skills.”

Yard said that to his knowledge Jordan will be taking class at St. John’s this summer.

Jordan, a point guard, is the No. 22 recruit on ESPN’s Top 100 list for 2013. He is the highest ranked player during Lavin’s tenure. Sophomore Sir’Dominic Pointer previously held that distinction at No. 25 of the 2011 class.

The Philadelphia native made his decision after whittling down his list of schools to St. John’s, Temple and UCLA.

“I am a Philly native and love my city, and can’t wait to represent in the Big Apple,” he said.

The 6-foot-4 guard fills the last scholarship spot for the Johnnies’ 2013-14 roster. It was previously full before sophomore Amir Garrett annnounced that he would transfer to another program.

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Kieran Lynch, Editor-in-Chief
Contact: [email protected]. Two years ago, when I was the Sports Editor, Kieran was the first person to express interest in writing sports for the Torch. He’s been taking initiative like that ever since. Since that time, he’s blossomed, first as a sports writer, then doing double duty as the men’s basketball team’s beat writer and the Features Editor. In that time, Kieran has proven to be a top-notch reporter, writer and editor, and has shown a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected of him. He has everything needed to be a great Editor-in-Chief, and as pressing issues at the University demand serious coverage, I couldn’t be leaving the Torch in safer hands. -Mike Cunniff Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus
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