Rysheed Jordan leaves St. John’s to chase pro-playing chances

Rysheed Jordan spent two seasons with the Red Storm. (USATSI)

St. John’s has announced its sophomore shooting guard, Rysheed Jordan, is done with the team. It’s uncommon for a D-I men’s basketball player to decide to leave his team in June.

But Jordan’s going to try to make a living on the pro circuit going forward. He averaged 14.1 points last season with SJU, and was also the team’s best on-ball defender.

“Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine,” Jordan said in a statement provided by his former team. “I believe I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career and plan to work hard to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA. I am thankful for the opportunities and support St. John’s University has provided to me. This decision was made with my family’s best interests in mind.”

Jordan’s prospects signal a career overseas instead of the NBA at this point in time.

St. John’s will begin next season with a new coach, a man many see as the best player in the history of the program, Chris Mullin.

“We support Rysheed and wish him well in his professional endeavors,” Mullin said.

The Johnnies fired Steve Lavin after the season, which included Lavin’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament with the program.

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