Rysheed Jordan entered the season as the preseason Big East Rookie of the Year. Which is like saying, “Yeah, we think you are going to be all kinds of swell” and whatnot. To start his career with the St. John’s Red Storm, however, the road was filled with more bumps than it was filled with a freshman who even remotely resembled the hype.
With Jordan struggling, finding it hard to adjust and dealing with some personal issues, the Red Storm also struggled. Like Jordan, they too had found themselves as everyone’s favorite preseason darlings. Also like Jordan, St. John’s found that their talent alone wasn’t going to win them many basketball games. They would need some time to build chemistry, have players develop roles and for Rysheed Jordan to find himself — and find himself he did.
The Johnnies big-boy win over Georgetown last night highlights the Red Storm’s recent string of successes. Really, it shines a light on how important a good Rysheed Jordan is to the team.
Jordan scored 24 points, looked composed and even showed flashes of the NBA Draft potential he has. Which is a stark contrast as to how his career began.
Now the Red Storm find themselves in the middle of a hot streak. One that has them trending toward being an NCAA Tournament at-large type team. As of this moment, though, they are still on the bubble. With some huge games left on the docket, however, St. John’s currently controls their own destiny.
However, this isn’t the same St. John’s with Rysheed Jordan playing point guard that started the year. This is now the St. John’s Red Storm with Jordan running the show.
I think it might just work out for the Johnnies.