Top Hoops Prospect Rysheed Jordan Makes a Crucial Decision on Thursday

By Matt Josephs
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

For the most part, the crown jewels of the 2013 college basketball recruiting class are off the market having safely chosen their destination.  There’s still at least one out there that is causing late nights for the fan bases of the team’s he is considering. Point Guard Rysheed Jordan out of Philadelphia has been touting that he will chose between Temple, UCLA and St. John’s on Thursday.

Jordan is clearly enjoying the spotlight as he spent much of Wednesday night retweeting the tweets of desperate fans telling him to go to School X.

He would be a big addition to wherever he chooses to go. We’ll start with his hometown squad Temple who is losing five seniors and is in desperate need of a scorer. They added heralded guard Josh Brown who said that the Owls were his dream school. It’s a team that has a new conference and a void at the scorer’s role. They will rely on Dalton Pepper, Will Cummings and Anthony Lee along with a cast of youngsters including Daniel Dingle and Quentin DeCosey. If Jordan came to Broad Street, he’d instantly get playing time and plenty of shots on this team.

The Red Storm feature a young roster that if intact, will be a factor next season. Jakarr Sampson, D’Angelo Harrison and Orlando Sanchez form a nice group. They also just happened to open up a scholarship with the “transfer” of Amir Garrett who is leaving the program. Coincidentally at the same time, they may be adding a big time recruit who will fill a Point Guard hole. One person is already convinced that St. John’s has gotten their prize. Adam Zagoria of is reporting that Jordan is heading to NY and could be a “major, major factor” at the school.

UCLA is widely believed to be third. Ben Howland’s firing may or may not have been a factor in Jordan’s decision. Steve Alford is the same kind of coach and his style may not suit his needs. In any case, Rysheed has three fan bases tossing and turning in their sleep.  His choice could be a huge factor in the races in the AAC or the new Big East.

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