InsideMDSports: Change of plans for Rysheed Jordan

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Once slated for a summer commitment, Vaux Roberts (Pa.) junior Rysheed Jordan now appears more likely to wait until the dawn of his senior season to make a college decision.

“He was going to commit in July, but he’s really not ready for that yet. He doesn’t entirely know what he wants to do. Does he want to stay close to home or does he want to [get away]? He hasn’t really decided yet, so he’ll probably wait a while,” said Kamal Yard, director of Philly Pride, the AAU program for which the touted point guard plays.

Jordan, ranked the No. 19 player in the Class of 2013, emerged several months ago as a top target for Maryland, which is attempting to beat out a field that includes several hometown programs. For any programs not within driving distance, it may be an uphill battle.

“It’s still Maryland and Temple at the top, and then you’ve got Villanova. Kansas is in there, too. It’s the same as before, pretty much,” Yard said. “He’s a Philly guy and he’s got a really close relationship with his mother. He’s willing to go a few hours, but probably not too far. But you never know if that could change. Kids are so fickle.”

Terps assistant Dalonte Hill first scouted Jordan -- a 6-foot-3 pure point guard who averaged more than 20 points and six assists as a junior -- and has remained in frequent contact.

“He likes Maryland a lot. Dalonte and Rysheed have a great relationship. and Rysheed and [Mark] Turgeonare pretty cool, too, but Dalonte has been the point man,” Yard said. “Maryland is in frequent contact. They’re recruiting the [heck] out of the kid.”

Yard, a long-time observer of Philadelphia basketball, believes Jordan is “arguably the best point guard prospect out of Philly in the past 30 years. The only person who was that good of a prospect was probably Pooh Richardson.”

He also noted that Maryland hasn’t had a Philly native on the team since point guard Terrell Stokes in the late 90s and recalled that the Terps plucked a couple of stars from Philly – Mo Howard and Reggie Jackson – in the 70s.

“I love Maryland and Sheed really likes Maryland. Maryland’s always been a great school,” he said. “I’d love to see some Philly kids at Maryland. If Rysheed goes to Maryland, the floodgates will open up. Philly is really big on that. Look at what happened with Syracuse after Hakim Warrick went there and all of the players [from Philly] who’ve been successful there since then.”

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