Will UF Hoops pick up some Mo?

Florida basketball's search for point guard help in the wake of Nick Calathes departure continues. The latest name to surface as a prospect for Billy Donovan's squad is Lamont "Mo Mo" Jones, a New Yorker who spent the past season in Virginia at hoop powerhouse Oak Hill Academy.

Lamont Jones has had interest in a wide array of schools over the last couple of years. At one point in his junior season he was a Louisville commitment, which gives UF a connection with Jones thanks to newly arrived assistant Richard Pitino. He verbally committed to Virginia Tech, but then reopened his recruitment before the spring signing period and eventually selected USC in mid April. Now, after Tim Floyd's departure as coach of the Trojans, he's reopened his recruitment with the Gators a potential option.

Adam Penrose, who serves as the USC basketball color analyst on Fox Sports West, thinks Jones would unquestionably be able to help Florida. He played under Floyd and has watched video of Jones as well as discussed his strengths with the coach.

"What I've noticed about Mo Mo in the tapes I've seen of him is that he is a floor general and a leader. He is a guy that wants the ball at the end of the game, either to make the last shot or to make the winning assist," said Penrose.

Penrose added about Jones, "He's a guy that, no matter where he goes, I think he'll be an impact player right away."

Jones tends to look to shoot the ball more than a typical point and is capable of playing either the one or two positions. Florida isn't the only program looking to lure him, as Arizona and Memphis have also been linked to him this week. According to Penrose, USC hopes Jones will remain open long enough to reconsider them once a new head coach has been hired.

The initial belief in Los Angeles was that Arizona is Mo Mo's next destination, but now it seems Florida has a good chance to land the additional point guard help they need. Efforts are underway to line up a visit to Gainesville for Jones.


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