Rysheed Jordan misses Saturday's game, home with sick mother

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Freshman guard is back in Philadelphia alongside his ill mother.

A couple hours before tip-off against Youngstown State, St. John's University announced that it would be without freshman Rysheed Jordan due to the illness of his mother.

Amina Robinson, Jordan's mother, has been at St. Joseph's Hospital in North Philadelphia for the last two days and Jordan has stayed with her.  Jordan, who is the oldest of seven children has the ultimate support from fourth year head coach Steve Lavin.

"Our thoughts are with Rysheed and his mother Amina as she continues to persevere through health challenges," Lavin said in a statement.  "The maturity and strength that we see in Rysheed on a daily basis comes from his strong family bond."

There is no set date for Jordan's return to the team, who does not play again until next Saturday against Columbia in Brooklyn.  When asked about if he has a sense of when his freshman guard will come back, Lavin simply responded: "No."

Following the Red Storm's victory over Youngstown State, Lavin delved a bit into the topic, stating that he has been in contact with Jordan and that "the state of [Jordan's mother's] health will dictate everything."

Jordan who was voted preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, has had a up and down freshman season, averaging 6.3 points and three assists per game.  However, he was coming into his own during the last week with two solid games against Syracuse and San Francisco.

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