With no experienced point guards on the roster, Chris Mullin and St. John's desperately needed some help in the backcourt.
They received great news on Tuesday night as Rysheed Jordan announced on Twitter that he will be setting aside the NBA Draft to return to school for his junior season.
Despite some issues off the court last season, Jordan averaged 30.7 minutes per game, 14.1 points per game, and 3.1 rebounds per game.
The 6'4" guard struggled with turnovers (more turnovers than assists) early in his sophomore season but played his best ball down the stretch by becoming a more efficient shooter while also finding his rhythm distributing the basketball. He also hit a number of clutch shots at Marquette and against Seton Hall at Carnesecca Arena to help the Johnnies reach their first NCAA Tournament since 2011.
Jordan averaged only 9.7 points per game during his freshman year but he showed his athleticism and ability to attack the rim.
Jordan is essential to this team's success next season as he is one of very few players on the roster with experience at the Big East level. The Philadelphia native has tremendous potential and his development over the summer under Mullin will be something to keep an eye on as the Hall of Fame may be able to bring out the most in the young star.
Now that the Johnnies have Jordan and Chris Obekpa returning, Mullin and his staff will move forward with the recruitment of Louisiana guard Brandon Sampson, who could form a potent, athletic starting backcourt with Jordan, and Cheick Diallo, who was the MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game.