Former Vaux High basketball star Rysheed Jordan facing gun charges

Rysheed Jordan #23 of the St. John's Red Storm reacts against San Diego State Aztecs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rysheed Jordan, a promising basketball star in North Philadelphia who played two seasons at St. John's, was arrested early Wednesday morning on gun charges, police said.

Jordan, 21, of the 1600 block of North Dover Street in Brewerytown, allegedly ran from police after an attempted traffic stop before he was apprehended in an alleyway next to the 2100 block of North 15th Street.

According to Philadelphia police, Jordan was in a green Jaguar that ran a red light on Broad Street at Norris Street shortly after 2 a.m.

Temple University police, with lights and sirens activated, attempted to stop the Jaguar but the car sped away. Temple police turned off the lights and sirens but continued to follow the car, which turned left onto Susquehanna Avenue and then left onto 15th.

The Temple officers then saw a man bail out of the car and pursued him on foot into an alleyway, police said.

Jordan pulled a handgun from his waistband and threw it over a fence into a yard before he was arrested without further incident, police said.

The gun, which had five rounds and an obliterated serial number, was recovered, police said. The Jaguar, however, disappeared.

Jordan was charged with firearms violations and related offenses, police said.

In 2013, the Vaux High School point guard was named player of the year by the Inquirer and the Daily News.

Jordan played two seasons for St. John's and averaged 12 points and 3.1 assists in 60 games. He reportedly had a tumultuous time at the university and withdrew from school after his sophomore season. The 6-foot-4 guard was drafted by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League and was released after 11 games.

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