With Chris Mullin returning, hiring a strong staff and landing multiple key additions, the offseason in Queens was considered a positive one by many Red Storm fans.
Things have changed quickly though as news broke late Saturday night that Rysheed Jordan is expected to be ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester and could leave the team, according to Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News.
According to the Daily News, Jordan has not kept his academics in order and has been told what he must do in the summer and fall semesters to become ineligible for the second half of the season.
There is no guarantee that he will even be on the roster though as the point guard could decide to move forward. He will have a meeting with Chris Mullin this week and his fate will then be decided.
Jordan, who was planning to jump to the pros following his sophomore season, averaged 14.1 points per game, 3,7 rebounds and 3.1 assists while showing improvements with his jump shot and ball protection in the second half of Big East Conference play.
The Philadelphia native has struggled to compose himself off the court. He was not allowed to speak to the media until the NCAA Tournament last year (Steve Lavin’s rule), took a leave of absence from the team for one game and was disciplined for a homophobic tweet when he did return.
This would be a huge blow to the Johnnies NCAA Tournament chances and they may have trouble finishing in the top seven of the Big East. Jordan is the team’s best player and has the chance to develop into a stud under Mullin, who played in the NBA as a point guard and is a Hall of Famer.
St. John’s recently added Marcus LoVett and will have two scholarships remaining if Jordan doesn’t remain with the program, but the backcourt will still paper thin and will lack experience.
Felix Balamou, a leaper, and Ron Mvouika, a Missouri State transfer, are the other two backcourt partners.
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