USC Snags Under The Radar Lead Guard

A number of high major programs are still in search of a quality floor general, and USC went across the country to fill their need.

Since Kevin O'Neill stepped in as USC's head coach he's been quite active on the recruiting trail.

On Sunday the hard work paid off, as O'Neill and his staff went outside their area to snag a verbal pledge from Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill standout Maurice Jones.

"For one USC is a great school academically," Arthur Hill head coach Greg McMath said of Jones' decision. "That was the first thing him and his mother were looking for. Then he wanted to get into a style of play and a conference that would fit his style."

Jones flew under the radar mainly because of his size, as he stands just 5-foot-7 and weighs in at 150-pounds. With that said, Jones put together a nice performance at a major camp and drew some high major interest.

"I thought a lot of people had him ranked a lot lower than what he should have been," McMath said. "He didn't play for a high powered AAU program, but he did a good job at the RBK All-American camp."

Jones, who averaged 28 points and 13 assists as a junior at Arthur Hill, picked the Trojans over strong interest from Baylor, South Florida and St. Bonaventure.

"USC is a great choice for him," McMath said. "He's got a chance to go to USC and get some great minutes."

USC now has five commitments in the 2010 class. Jones joins four-star commits Bryce Jones and Dwayne Polee, as well as Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington.

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