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Rysheed Jordan leaves St. John's to go pro

Rysheed Jordan of the St. John's Red Storm

Rysheed Jordan of the St. John's Red Storm looks on against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Rysheed Jordan has decided to turn pro and will not return to the St. John's men's basketball team next season, the school announced Friday.

Jordan, a 6-4 guard from Philadelphia, averaged 12 points and three assists in 60 games over his two seasons with the Red Storm.

"Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine," Jordan said in a statement released by the school. "I believe I am ready to take the next step in my basketball career and plan to work hard to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA. I am thankful for the opportunities and support St. John's University has provided to me. This decision was made with my family's best interests in mind."

Jordan ranked ninth in the Big East last season with 14.1 points per game.

"We support Rysheed and wish him well in his professional endeavors," new St. John's head coach Chris Mullin said in a statement. "He has the potential to play at the highest level of our sport."

Jordan had a rocky two years at St. John's. He served a one-game suspension under former coach Steve Lavin and sat out another after the deaths of two family members during his freshman season. In his sophomore year, Jordan missed one game for illness, took a one-game leave of absence after the death of his grandmother and came off the bench in another as punishment for a homophobic remark on Twitter.

Last week before throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, Mullin said they were waiting on Jordan's grades to see if he would be academically eligible to play next season.

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