If Rysheed Jordan didn’t come to the St. John’s Red Storm with enough hype, well, Steve Lavin might have helped it reach next-level type of stuff. During St John’s media day, Lavin took the podium and spoke often, favorably and even more often about the freshman.
In fact, the very first player Lavin mentioned was Jordan. At first he talked about him having the benefit of playing with veterans. This is obviously an aspect of the Red Storm that the current set of veterans did not have. Then Lavin discussed not having Jordan completely accessible to the media until a week (or so) before the Big East Conference schedule starts.
“It’s a little like with your children. You have a sense. … You know what’s best for him in a given situation.”
“He’s in a really good place, and naturally he’s the only freshman. It’s kind of a unique situation.”
Lavin then went on to speak about Rysheed Jordan being central to what the Johnnies intend to do. After that, well, even more Jordan. Let us just say that Lavin talked about Rysheed Jordan more than I talk about unicorns battling lobsters for supremacy in my fictional world. Which is to say — a lot.
The talk about Jordan may have not been solely altruistic, though — as brought up on Twitter:
Lavin’s comments about Rysheed Jordan makes you think Dwayne Polee II’s transfer really has impact on how he will handle freshman. #sjubb
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) October 10, 2013
Also worth noting, Lavin talked about Chris Obekpa being a better offensive player and looking to get him more touches in the paint. Now, he wasn’t saying that as if he expects him to create offense, but more to draw fouls and create balance — so no need to get nervous about the offensively inept going all volume-shooter on us.
Much more happened in this presser, but the day is young. Check in for more updates or follow on Twitter @JosephNardone