ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats goes to the hoop against Kyrie Irving #1 and Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Both CBSSports and ZagsBlog.com are reporting that former Arizona point guard Momo Jones has decided to take his talents to the Iona Gaels basketball team.
After taking his time in shopping around the New York City area, Jones chose the Gaels over teams such as Sienna, Seton Hall and Hofstra after visiting the Iona campus on Sunday. The move makes sense, especially with the high probability that Jones won't succeed in getting a waiver to play right away.
Due to NCAA transfer rules that require him to sit out a year, Jones was hoping to get a release because of an illness to his grandmother. However, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reports that was an unlikely case.
The fact that point guard Scott Machado (13 points, seven assists per game) is entering his senior year with a firm grasp on the starting spot means Jones likely believed he will need to sit one year out. Here's what Zagoria reported on his blog.
"After taking visits to the local schools I felt a good connection with Coach of Iona," Jones said in a statement sent by his adviser, former Seton Hall and St. John’s assistant Dermon Player. "I want to thank Seton Hall, Hofstra and UMass as well as South Florida and Marquette for their interest. I want to thank my family and my adviser, coach Dermon Player for helping me in the process."
Originally, Jones was looking like a perfect fit for St. John's and its rising basketball program under coach Steve Lavin. However, NCAA rules also put that idea to rest because his former high school coach, Moe Hicks, was hired to the staff at St. John's.
Jones joins the MAAC conference club that went 25-12 last year and 12-3 within the conference. The Gaels competed in the CIT and went to the final game of that tournament before losing to Santa Clara.