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Rysheed Jordan leaves St. John's to seek a professional career

The guard won't be eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft, but could elect to play overseas or join the D-League.

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Rysheed Jordan's career as a student-athlete is over.

St. John's announced the sophomore guard has departed from the program, and will test the waters of the pro game. He is ineligible for the 2015 NBA Draft, but could enter the D-League Draft or go play overseas.

“Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine," Jordan said in a statement. "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.”

Sources tell the New York Post the decision for Jordan, the team's leading returning scorer with 14.1 points per game last season, to leave the program was mutual after Jordan was ruled academically ineligible for the first semester of next season.