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St. John’s Jordan takes leave

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St. John’s will be without sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan while he takes an indefinite leave of absence.

Jordan, the 15th-ranked Red Storm’s second leading scorer with a 14-point average, is leaving the team in order to handle “personal and family circumstances,” coach Steve Lavin said Friday night in a statement.

The 6-foot-4 Jordan will not be available with St. John’s faces Butler on Saturday in a Big East game. He is sixth in the conference in scoring and fourth in steals at 2.1 per game this season.

“Rysheed will take an indefinite leave of absence from our basketball program and will not be with the team as he focuses his attention on personal and family circumstances,” Lavin said.

Jordan started the first five games of the season before he was replaced by Jamal Branch. In a Dec. 14 game against Fordham in Madison Square Garden, Jordan scored a career-high 24 points. But he sat out a win over Long Beach State on Dec. 22 with what was called a stomach bug.

St. John’s is 0-1 in the Big East after a 78-67 loss to Seton Hall on New Year’s Eve.

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