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Arizona point guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones announced Monday that he will transfer to another school. He has not yet made a decision on which school he will attend.
Jones, a 6-foot, 196-pound guard from Harlem, N.Y., averaged 9.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 38 appearances (all starts) in his recently completed sophomore season.
“I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates and all of the U of A fans for making my two years at Arizona very special,” said Jones. “After much thought, I have decided to pursue my goals at a school closer to home. My desire to be closer to my family, and in particular my grandmother, is the reason I am transferring. I want it to be known that I love this program, my coaches and teammates. I appreciate everyone for supporting me through this tough time.”
The itinerant Jones previously decommitted from Louisville, Virginia Tech and USC after attending Rice High School, American Christian (Pa.) and Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
In his two-year career at Arizona, Jones appeared in 68 games (39 starts), helping the Cats amass a 46-23 (.667) record. Along the way, Arizona won a Pac-10 regular-season championship and advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
He posted career averages of 8.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 41.8 percent from the field (208-of-498). Jones notched improvement in nearly every statistical category in 2010-11.
“This spring MoMo expressed to me his desire to be closer to home while continuing his life as a student-athlete,” said Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
“After considering this for several weeks this spring, he’s decided to leave our program. He did a great job in his two years here and helped us win a Pac-10 championship this past season. We wish him great success in the future.”
Jones leaves the program in good academic standing.
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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.
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