The recruitment of Rysheed Jordan has been difficult to follow in recent months, with Jordan missing several events during the second half of the summer, frequently listing different schools and declining to talk much publicly.
But now, with his senior year on the horizon, Jordan’s beginning to put together a plan – one that so far includes official visits to St. John’s and UCLA – and likely another to Maryland for its midnight madness event, said Jamie Ross, his coach at Vaux Roberts High (Pa.).
Those three schools, along with Rutgers, Temple, Villanova and Alabama, have been the most active recently in the recruitment of the 6-foot-4 point guard, who remains wide open.
“He’s still looking at everybody and weighing all of his options,” Ross said.
Maryland was represented at a workout at his school late last week.
“They’re saying he’s definitely the kind of point guard they’re looking for, and with the players they already have there, he’ll have a great opportunity to succeed. They have an opportunity for him to come in and contribute,” Ross said. “They have a pretty young team, and with him coming in, he would be a cornerstone of what they’re doing and help them get some of the other players they’re trying to get.”
Ross that that Jordan remains open to going anywhere, regardless of location.
“I think it might [play a small role], but I think he just wants to go to the best situation for him to be able to play and succeed academically,” he said.
Jordan was ranked a top-15 national prospect by some services early in the summer, before missing several major events for personal reasons. Regardless, Ross said, he remains a blue-chip prospect.
“He’s arguably one of the top 10, and maybe top five, point guards in the country. Due to unfortunate circumstances, he couldn’t attend some of the camps to show that, but he’s arguably one of the top 10 point guards,” he said. “He’s 6-4 and he really hasn’t filled out yet because he hasn’t touched a weight. We do some resistance training and things like that, but he hasn’t really lifted weights.
“I think they see he’ll be 6-4, 6-4, 205 pounds, if he doesn’t hit another growth spurt. He’s an all-around point guard. I think his only flaw, or one of his flaws, is he’s still working on his jumper. He can shoot and he can go to the rack, but he’s not [automatic].”
Ross said Jordan doesn’t have a specific timeframe for a decision, and isn’t worried about other players being recruited by the same schools courting him.
“I think he believes where he goes, he’s going to be able to out-play anybody who’s there,” he said.