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Tuesday / May 22.
  • Momo Jones Enrolled at Rice; Padgett Sets Visits

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    Lamont “Momo” Jones is enrolled at Rice High School and could suit up for the Raiders this year if Catholic League officials approve.

    Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard, began his high school career at Rice before transferring to American Christian in Aston, Pa. When the high school wing of that school closed, Jones considered attending St. Anthony in Jersey City, but St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said the school had a rule prohibiting the admission of seniors.

    Friday was the first full day of school at Rice and Jones is at the Manhattan school.

    “Lamont is enrolled, and the decision on whether he plays basketball rests with the CHSAA,” said Brother William Sherlog, the Rice AD.

    Traditionally, a transfer would have to sit out a season, but because American Christian closed, it is possible Jones would be allowed to play alongside Rice senior guard Durand Scott, also a Division I prospect, forming perhaps the most potent backcourt in New York City.

    “We would love to have him back,” Rice coach Moe Hicks told the Daily News. “In my opinion he should have never left. I just think that he’s a Rice Raider. I saw that when he was younger and I still see that today.”

    Jones holds offers from Seton Hall, St. John’s, South Florida, Oklahoma State, Xavier, UMass and Providence.

    PADGETT SETS VISITS

    6-foot-7 Lincoln forward James Padgett did not make his trips to Pittsburgh, Maryland, West Virginia and USC last week because he was preparing for school. He will visit Pittsburgh beginning tonight and Maryland Sept, 27.

    J.J. Richardson, a 6-7 power forward from Missouri City (TX) Hightower, is also visiting Pitt this weekend.

    Pitt is looking for two baseline players to replace All-Conference seniors Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs, and possibly DeJuan Blair, who could go pro. The Panthers already have National Christian Dante Taylor coming in, so they need one other big to add to him.

    We also hear former Seton Hall Prep standout Ashton Gibbs has been playing very well in the preseason. He and Travon Woodall of St. Anthony could both see PT as freshmen.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.