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Many happy returns? Are Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan coming back to play for Mullin?

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Both players have been weighing their professional options - which they planned to do even before Steve Lavin, the coach who recruited them, parted ways with St. John's.

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Chris Mullin may have landed his two best recruits already - by convincing junior Chris Obekpa and, possibly, sophomore Rysheed Jordan to stick around for another season at St. John's.

Obekpa, a 6'9" center, and Jordan, a 6'4" guard, had been considering professional options since before this season - the NBA, they hoped, but neither is strongly on the NBA radar.

Obekpa finished his season suspended after a positive test for marijuana that had him suspended for two weeks; he also had cheap-shot incidents involving his elbows and opponents against Butler and against Fordham this year.

Jordan, meanwhile, took some time to emerge, but had strong games from mid-February on, displaying a solid outside shot.

Returning one, or both, would accelerate the rebuild Chris Mullin has to do. Without them, Mullin has nine open scholarships, no point guard/ lead guard, an untested interior and no scoring.

With Chris Obekpa, Mullin gets a rim protector with potential to be a solid post defender and rebounder - if he works at his post play, takes care of his body and injuries properly, and can stay out of trouble on and off the court.

With Rysheed Jordan, Mullin would get a high-usage guard who can get his own shot. And Jordan can be shaped into a good attacking point guard - he has solid vision, though he tended to (or was asked to) create as a singular force on the court under Steve Lavin. Showing that vision could move him up the draft boards...

...if Mullin can locate talent to put around those two in the form of transfers, Junior College players and incoming freshmen.

With them, the returning roster would have one double-figure scorer, a pair of players who logged limited minutes in Felix Balamou and Amar Alibegovic, a pair of large bodied centers on the Brothers De La Rosa and Christian Jones, who has yet to leave a mark.

Bringing back a pair of top-100 players in Jordan and Obekpa would ease the sting of a year that was bound to be a struggle with or without Steve Lavin.

2015-16 Returnees, St. John's
Rk Player
G
MP
PTS
2P%
3P%
3PAtt%
USG%
TOV%
Sch Rysheed Jordan
31
30.7
14.1
0.474
0.364
0.359
27.1
18.6
Sch Chris Obekpa
30
27.3
5.8
0.465
0.000
0.007
13.6
15.8
Sch Amar Alibegovic
24
8.4
1.5
0.529
0.231
0.605
14.2
16.3
Sch Felix Balamou
22
9.2
1.3
0.306
0.000
0.000
14.0
25.4
Sch Christian Jones
20
6.2
1.2
0.556
0.000
0.053
10.8
15.5
W/O Myles Stewart
20
4.8
1.4
0.333
0.296
0.818
19.3
8.3
W/O Joey De La Rosa
18
4.7
0.5
0.400
0.000
9.9
18.4
W/O David Lipscomb
13
1.2
0
0.000
0.000
6.9
50.0
Sch Adonis De La Rosa
DNP
-
-
-
-
-
-
-