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Former St John’s Guard Rysheed Jordan Arrested for Attempted Murder, Robbery, and Other Offenses

(Photo by Wendell Cruz)

(Photo by Wendell Cruz)

Wednesday afternoon, 22 year-old Rysheed Jordan, who was hoping to one day make it big time with the NBA, was arrested for an alleged role in shooting a man on May 27 in North Philadelphia.

Police reported that Jordan and two other suspects met up with three men to sell them a cell phone and Jordan and the two others tried to rob the other three men. It was reported that Jordan then shot one of the victims in his arm. Before he was arrested, Rysheed Jordan tried running from the officers but was captured.

The 6-foot-4 former guard was once a talented player for the Red Storm, playing two seasons under former Coach Steve Lavin. He showed potential for the league, averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, but spiraled downward when first getting in trouble for a homophobic tweet, as well as being suspended for violating team rules. Jordan decided to take a leave of absence from the school during his sophomore year and never returned.

Jordan was considering the 2015 NBA Draft when Coach Lavin was fired but then decided to return to play for the new St. John’s Coach Chris Mullin. With missing so many classes he would have most likely been ineligible to play, therefore dropping back out. He was drafted fifth overall by the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League, but was released after only 11 games. Because he declared for the D-League draft, he would no longer be able to play college ball again.

Only three days ago did Jordan Instagram an old photo of him from his “game of fame” against Villanova in the 2014-15 season citing: “it’s all about the get back I’m still young and have a bright future ahead of me took a fall but nothing I can’t bounce back from #whynot #itsnevertoolate”

(Instagram screen shot)

(Instagram screen shot)


Update: Jordan has now been charged for the crimes. (Update 6/2/16, 1:00 PM)

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