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Having visited Steve Lavin’s current program, point guard Rysheed Jordan will next head to Lavin’s former program.
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 190-pound Jordan took an official to St. John’s this past weekend and trips to UCLA this coming weekend.
“It went good,” Jamie Ross, head coach at Philly Vaux Roberts High School, told SNY.tv Tuesday. “He liked the campus. He liked the coaching staff. He got a chance to see the guys and work out a little bit. He overall liked it.”
St. John’s had it’s “Dribble for the Cure” benefit on campus Saturday, when Lavin and several players spoke to the media.
Lavin is focusing on Jordan and forwards Jarell Martin, Jermaine Lawrence and Ish Wainright for 2013.
Martin and Lawrence are both expected to sign in the spring, and Jeff Jones, Martin’s high school coach, told SNY.tv that Martin “will definitely visit St. John’s, just not sure when.”
He will also likely visit Texas A&M, UCLA, Alabama and Oklahoma State, Jones said.
As for Jordan he heads to UCLA on Friday and Ross said “he may be going to Maryland.”
It remains unclear if Jordan will visit Maryland the weekend of Oct. 5 or for Midnight Madness Oct. 12. His AAU coach, Kamal Yard, previously said he would visit for Madness.
“I’m not sure,” Ross said of the date. “I know he’s going.”
Ross said Jordan is also considering Villanova, Temple and Xavier, among others. Rutgers has also been involved.
“He’s still open he’s still lstening to what coaches have to say,” Ross said. “He’s one of the most humble kids that I’ve known, especially with his type of talent.
“He’ll be respectful to everybody and sit down with his family and his other guys and make a decision and lay eveything out on the table.”
Ross said it was possible Jordan could wait until the spring to announce.
“He may, he may,” he said.
Wherever he goes, Ross expects him to be a major factor at the point.
“He’s going to be a kid, if he’s around a team where you got guys that can score and guys that can finish at the basket he can damn near average a triple-double,” Ross said. “He can rebound, he can pass and he can get to the basket.
“If he gets 30 it’s because the team needs him to get 30. He’s at his best when he’s driving and dishing. He’s definitely going to make everyone around him better.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.