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Rysheed Jordan questionable for game vs. Xavier after death of relative (UPDATE)

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(UPDATE: According to St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, Rysheed Jordan will play against Xavier, but will not start.)

St. John’s freshman guard Rysheed Jordan has been ruled questionable for Tuesday night’s game against Xavier after the death of a relative.

He was back in Philadelphia with his family on Monday, missing practice, but was scheduled to return to campus that night.

“Obviously it’s a very difficult time for the young man,” head coach Steve Lavin said. “We’ll approach it in an appropriate manner based on how Rysheed is navigating through this emotional minefield.”

Two people were found dead in a Philadelphia residence on Saturday afternoon from gunshot wounds. One of the two, a 30-year old woman, has been confirmed as related to Jordan. The body was found while Jordan was playing in Saturday’s game at Villanova. He found out when the game ended. Jordan also lost a friend in August that was shot and killed by a police officer while he was on a European tour with the team.

Tonight is a key game for St. John’s, as they host fellow Big East bubble dweller Xavier. Jordan’s emergence has been key in the Johnnies reeling off nine wins in their last 11 games to climb back into tournament contention.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.