InsideMDSports: Terps in the mix with Philly point guard Rysheed Jordan

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It’s no secret that Maryland’s roster is in need of reinforcements in the backcourt. The Terps have signed one guard for 2012 in Seth Allen, are seeking to add another this year and have seemingly made point guard a priority for the Class of 2013.

It was also evident to Rysheed Jordan, one of their top prospects in the junior class, when he attended Maryland’s game at Temple on Saturday.

“I think it was a nice game. I think Maryland just needs a few guards. They talked to me about that,” said Jordan, a highly sought 6-4, 185-pound lead guard from Vaux Roberts High in Philadelphia.

That game wasn’t his only interaction with Maryland this weekend; Terps coach Mark Turgeon stayed in town to watch Jordan’s game that night, and he didn’t disappoint, scoring 30 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

“I talked to him a little bit. I don’t usually shoot that much but I was just pulling up. He said he didn’t know I could shoot like that,” said Jordan, who visited Maryland unofficially last summer. “[Turgeon] seems like a nice guy, a nice coach. The whole campus stood out to me. The arena, it holds a lot of people.”

Jordan will be no easy get. He comes from Big East country and claims a load of high-major offers – including Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Pitt, Temple, Villanova, George Mason and LaSalle among them – but he said he’s not necessarily a Big East lock.

“Conference is not a big factor for me. I think I’m good enough to play anywhere … Location isn’t a factor,” he said.

Jordan, who’s averaging roughly 20 points and six assists, plans to make a commitment in July. He said he’s got no favorites at the moment, but knows what he’s looking for in a school and Maryland fits the bill.

“I think what type of players they recruit, how many guards they play at once, what type of offense they run [are deciding factors],” he said.

Jordan’s been dubbed ‘The Prince of North Philly.’

“Man, we haven't had a player like him in a while from Philly," Kamal Yard, Jordan's AAU coach, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "One of the things that makes him unique is his following. He has what you call a 'hood pass' … He can go into any neighborhood and feel at home, because of his game. That's why he's called the Prince of North Philly."

What do college recruiters see in him?

“They say that I’m unselfish, I’m a good passer and I see the floor,” Jordan said. “I think [Maryland] would be a good school. It would fit my game. They’re showing a lot of interest, a lot of love.”

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