Two of the top available point guards on the market could soon be finding new homes.
Lamont Jones of Oak Hill Academy will visit Southern Cal April 10-11 and will sign in New York April 17 just before the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, according to Oak Hill coach Steve Smith.
Asked where Jones will end up, Smith said, “Most likely USC.”
A Harlem native, the 6-foot Jones recently decommitted from Virginia Tech. He previously decommited from Louisville. Twice.
USC lost Ryan Francis and Angelo Johnson transferred, leaving the Trojans without a true point guard.
Meantime, James Beatty, a 6-2 floor general from Miami Dade College, visited Rutgers this past weekend and said he is considering filling their vacant slot at point guard.
“That definitely is attractive to me, that their point guard [Anthony Farmer] is graduating and I can go in, work hard and get a lot of time right away rather than going to another program and having to wait and play backup,” Beatty told Jerry Carino of Hoops Haven.
Beatty, who averaged 13.4 points, 7.9 assists and 2.7 steals, plans to visit Baylor and also has interest from ST. John’s and DePaul.
“I definitely enjoyed myself this weekend, but I don’t want to rush it,” he said. “I’m probably going to take my time. I know it’s probably killing Rutgers and I feel bad because it’s taking so long.”
Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Chandler recently decided to stay instead of transferring. If the Knights get Beatty, they would have four pure guards in Chandler, Beatty, Mike Rosario and Mike Coburn.
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