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July 14, 2012TT spent Thursday in Philadelphia at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, and no one there was more significant to Maryland fans than Rysheed Jordan, the 6-3+ point guard from Robert Vaux HS in North Philly. We spoke to Jordan, who's pretty reserved off the court. And while Jordan was engaging and friendly, we came away with more questions than answers.
Frankly, at this point, the interview didn't have to do with summer plans and his ball skills. We already know Jordan can play. It's about recruiting, and here's the breakdown.
Jordan's list of schools? "Temple, LaSalle, Villanova, Maryland, Marquette, Georgetown, Pitt, UCLA, Xavier, Syracuse, St. John's, and Kansas."
His unofficial visits? "Maryland, Temple, LaSalle, Villanova, Georgetown, and Xavier."
His general recruiting "plan."? "I hope to narrow down my list at the end of July to seven schools."
Jordan, who mentioned the Terps as one of the schools "coming at me the hardest," will narrow his list soon, but doesn't have a set timetable for a decision, nor did he offer a clue as to which schools will get visits.
"I haven't yet decided whether I will sign in the fall or next spring," said Jordan. "I plan on taking a few official visits, but not necessarily all five. I'm looking for a school that will put the ball in my hands, and I'm not concerned about location. I know a lot of the fans around here want me to stay home, but again, I am just looking for that right fit. Right now I am just trying to improve my outside jumper and get better this summer. My strength is getting people involved in the offense."
Jordan, whose shot comes and goes, still is one our favorite players, because of his explosiveness, his unselfish play, and his defensive tenacity. We finished the interview by asking Jordan his thoughts on the Terps.
"Maryland's been on me hard," said Jordan. "It's a good school, they have good coaches, and they need a point guard."
As we said, where this recruitment is headed is anybody's guess at the moment. But it sounds like it could be awhile before a decision is made. Can Maryland afford to wait?