Professionally, it seemed 2015 was a good year for baller Rysheed Johnson. Then, the St. John’s point guard and top recruit had announced that he was leaving the Johnnies and had his eyes set on a professional career. At the time, the Philadelphia high school basketball star averaged 14.1 points per game, 3.7 boards and three assists the season prior. But, even with the on court success, many knew issues in his personal life were brewing and there were rumors he’d be ineligible for the coming season.
Still, Jordan, 22, got lucky. He was eventually drafted by the 76ers D-league team. While many expected him to do well, he was dropped in January after just 11 games.
Things went south from there for Jordan. It seems Jordan’s past caught up with him. According to reports, Jordan, who many fans in Philadelphia call “The Prince of North Philadelphia,” has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and other counts. Officers in Philadelphia claim he shot another man during a robbery attempt.
Apparently, Jordan and two other suspects met three men on May 27 for a cellphone purchase. Things must’ve gone sour. Allegedly, Jordan shot one man in the arm after his crew tried to rob the other men.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jordan was arrested early Wednesday morning. Officers say he attempted to run past a traffic stop and tried to throw a loaded gun over a fence.
This is sad news for Jordan and his family. Per the St. John’s website, Jordan is the son of Amina Robinson. He’s the oldest of seven children.
His storied beginning in basketball includes being ranked as high as the No. 3 point guard in the country while at Robert Vaux High School in Philadelphia. He also rated 17th nationally in the ESPN 100.
What do you think of Jordan’s bad luck? Sadly, we’ve heard it all before. Why do so many young ballers with bright futures end up in these predicaments? Sound off in the comments section below.