It appears that ex-USC signee Lamont “MoMo” Jones is growing more interested in wearing a Florida uniform this season.
According to a reliable recruiting source, Jones is arriving in Gainesville on Tuesday night for a campus visit. But securing a commitment from Jones, a 5-foot-11 point guard from New York City, is far from a slam dunk. Jones still has strong ties with Arizona (his godfather reportedly works on Arizona coach Sean Miller’s new staff) and plans to give the Wildcats one more look before making any decision.
Like a bachelor in his 30s, Jones has had trouble making any firm commitment during the recruiting process. He initially pledged to Virginia Tech and then Louisville before signing with USC. When USC coach Tim Floyd resigned, Jones asked out of his letter of intent.
Jones’ commitment to Louisville suggests he has ties with new Florida assistant coach Rick Pitino Jr., who was at Louisville when Jones made his pledge there.
Here’s a January 2009 assesment of Jones from ESPN.com’s recruiting site:
“Jones places a great deal of pressure on defenses through his score-first mentality as a point guard. As soon as he gets the ball, he looks to put points on the board. Jones has good quickness, a thick body similar to current North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson, and decent ball-handling skills, though similar to many modern-day lead guards, Jones has a tendency to palm the ball and carry almost every time he dribbles. He has to stop over-penetrating and creating trouble for himself and turnovers by dribbling into crowds. However, he will have to improve his shot selection and alleviate his tendency to fall in love with the 3-point shot. Jones has decent vision and easily locates open teammates for easy shots when he tries to accomplish this task, the problem arises due to the fact that he does not look to involve teammates as much as he should, given that he plays the point guard spot. Jones could become a solid point guard if he learns to change speeds and gets under control in addition to enhancing his decision-making and learning to look for teammates more often.”
Sounds similar to former Florida All-SEC pg Anthony Roberson. If things don’t work with Jones, sources indicate that Florida is targeting two other point guards, one from overseas and another from the junior college level.