The St. John’s Red Storm and the UCLA Bruins were going after the same prospect the last few days. In what seemed like a given, Rysheed Jordan going to the Bruins, has now been turned upside down as Jordan is headed to play for Steve Lavin.
The reason UCLA was in the lead for Jordan’s talents was the absence of a scholarship offer by the Red Storm. With Amir Garrett leaving the school recently, however, Lavin had a scholarship ready and wanted Jordan to be the man who was going to take it.
Jordan is considered a top 30 recruit and one of the premiere point guards coming out of high school. It should be pointed out that while he is a point guard, Jordan is widely considered a scoring monster.
This is big news for the Red Storm who will be returning every key player as well as the addition of Orlando Sanchez — who has finally become eligible.
New found depth on the Red Storm as well as a few extra scoring options can certainly make the Red Storm as good as any team in the new Big East next season. St. John’s had a very limited bench last season and had to deal with injuries, transfer issues and some off the court problems that led to a down season.
Outside of Lavin’s first year — where it was a team full of seniors he did not recruit — this is will be the most experienced Red Storm team in the Lavin era and, maybe more importantly, a one that is filled with his recruits. Meaning, they are really talented.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone