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November 8, 2012
Sign early or late for Philly guard Jordan?
Sign early or sign late? that's the question facing the nation's top uncommitted point guard, Rysheed Jordan.
A 6-foot-4 floor general at Philadelphia (Penn.) Vaux Roberts, the No. 28 player in the class of 2013 had initially planned to sign early. Now, his coach and mentor Kamal Yard says that Jordan is a bit up in the air.
"He's kind of taking it day by day," Yard told Rivals.com. "We were initially thinking he would commit by Thanksgiving at the latest, but that hasn't materialized like we thought it would.
"He could sign in the signing period or he might not sign until the spring. He's got to figure it out."
A big and athletic floor general, Jordan is among the most physical perimeter players in the country. He's a load to handle off the dribble and can make plays for others. During the summer family obligations kept him away from some big events, and because of that he and those close to him feel that people haven't gotten to see what he's really capable of.
"We firmly believe that he got a bit of a raw deal because of some of the events he missed," said Yard. "He missed those events because of some family issues. He's got a big family and had some stuff going on.
"That's why he missed some of those events. If he goes to NBA Camp or LeBron, I don't think people would have jumped off his bandwagon. Next to the Harrison twins, he's maybe the best point guard out there."
The fire to prove that he's better than some think burns strong in Jordan.
"He's really been working hard in the gym and he's gotten better with his shooting in the last three months," said Yard. "I think he's ready to go out and show what he can do."
On the school front, nothing has changed. In October Jordan cut his schools down to Rutgers, St. John's, Syracuse, Temple, Xavier and UCLA. Despite some schools taking perimeter commitments, they are all under consideration as Jordan ponders his next step and when he'll sign.
"He hasn't chopped anything down on the list," said Yard. "But proximity is probably going to be pretty important to him when he does make a decision."