Maryland Basketball: Why Terps Will Beat out Temple, KU, Nova for Rysheed Jordan

Ryan SatskyContributor IIIMay 16, 2012

Rysheed Jordan
Rysheed Jordan

When a highly-touted recruit from Philadelphia eliminates power programs such as Georgetown and Marquette from his list but keeps La Salle and Drexel, it only means one thing.

Location is a huge factor.

Rysheed Jordan, a 2013 point guard from Philly, has since cut both of those Philadelphia schools from his list. Nonetheless, their longevity as contenders for his services was a strong indication of his preference for staying close to home.

He attends Vaux Roberts High School in North Philadelphia, and plays for the AAU Philly Pride.

Temple has long been the favorite for Jordan's destination. He seems to attend the majority of Temple's home games and has strong ties to the Owls' coaching staff. 

He lives within a very small proximity of Temple's campus and already carries the nickname, "Prince of North Philly." It's safe to say Jordan has plenty of reasons to take his talents to the newest members of the Big East.

Aside from Temple, Jordan currently lists three other schools, according to InsideMDSports.

Maryland is in second place for the Jordan sweepstakes. Villanova remains a legitimate potential landing spot. Kansas has also entered the race.

Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-3 Jordan as the 12th best junior in high school basketball. He is also ranked as the third best point guard in his class.

Rysheed Jordan
Rysheed Jordan

Jordan had been aiming for a July deadline for his college decision to be made. Since Temple has not once fallen from the frontrunner title, all signs pointed toward the elite distributor selecting the Owls when he would have decided in under two months.

Now, Rysheed is thinking the whole process over.

According to InsideMDSports, a Maryland recruiting website, Jordan is not quite ready to make a decision yet.

“He was going to commit in July, but he’s really not ready for that yet," said Kamal Yard, the director of the Philly Pride AAU team. "He doesn’t entirely know what he wants to do. Does he want to stay close to home or does he want to [get away]? He hasn’t really decided yet, so he’ll probably wait a while,”

“It’s still Maryland and Temple at the top, and then you’ve got Villanova. Kansas is in there, too. It’s the same as before, pretty much. He’s a Philly guy and he’s got a really close relationship with his mother. He’s willing to go a few hours, but probably not too far. But you never know if that could change. Kids are so fickle.”

Jordan most likely would have chosen Temple had he chosen in July. Now that he is waiting until his senior season, ample time exists for Maryland to jump ahead of Temple.

Any college recruit desires to enter a winning environment, something that has recently existed at Temple and not Maryland.

With Maryland's outstanding recruiting class and development of current players, that's about to change.

If Jordan were to come to Maryland, his presence would create a deep and talented backcourt foursome with Seth Allen, Pe'Shon Howard, and Sam Cassell Jr.

Evaluators have consistently praised Jordan for being unselfish. He loves to dish the ball and will be able to do that efficiently with Evan Smotrycz, Nick Faust, and Jake Layman on the wings.

In addition, the Terps will have Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and most importantly, Alex Len. All three are productive forwards who will love to receive dump-downs from Rysheed Jordan.

Maryland's roster is built to succeed in 2013 when Jordan would be a freshman in college.

On the flip side, Temple's roster is on the decline. By 2013, the Owls will have lost their four best players from 2011-12 in Khalif Wyatt, Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez and Michael Eric.

Temple is joining a power conference and will most likely struggle with their adjustment into stiffer competition. The Atlantic-10 has been strong, but the Big East is considered one of the top leagues in the entire country.

While Temple will be rebuilding and struggling to reach the upper half of the Big East in 2013, Maryland will have returned to the ACC's top tier.

Jordan is looking to succeed, and with the added decision-making time that he's taking, Maryland now has the opportunity to show Jordan that the Terps can succeed.

Temple seemed to be close to a lock for Jordan's services, but the circumstances have shifted.

Jordan has increased Maryland's chances by extending his decision window, and he may not even know it just yet.