Cards close to landing sophomore point guard?

Is Rick Pitino close to landing a verbal commitment from Lamont Jones, a talented 6'0 sophomore point guard at Rice High School in the Bronx, New York? There are plenty of rumors going around the Big Apple that Jones, a former high school teammate of Louisville freshman guard Edgar Sosa, just might. Is there any truth to the rumors of a Jones commit?

Is Rick Pitino close to landing Lamont Jones, a talented sophomore point guard from Rice High School in New York?

Dick ‘Hoops' Weiss, a sports writer for the New York Daily News, wrote this in a recent blog update:

"Word on the street has Louisville on the verge of getting a verbal from sophomore point guard Lamont MoMo (Jones) of Rice this weekend."

"We've heard rumors that he might make a verbal commitment or have a press conference to do that," a source with the Metro Hawks, Jones' AAU team, told Thursday afternoon.

But upon further investigation, it doesn't appear a commitment to any school is on the horizon for Jones, considered the No. 2 sophomore in New York behind 6'3 Lance Stephenson.

"He's not doing that, he's only a sophomore," said Mo Hicks, Jones' high school coach. "He's not going to make any type of commitment until his junior year."

Still, Louisville has strong connections to both the Rice program and Jones. The 6'0 point guard is a close friend of current U of L freshman guard Edgar Sosa and Louisville assistant Steve Masiello and Pitino have strong ties with Hicks, the long time coach at Rice. In fact, Jones recently made an unofficial visit to Louisville.

"He really likes Louisville," Hicks said. "He and Edgar are very close friends. Lamont had a chance (recently) to go down there and visit Louisville. That's the only school he's visited outside the (New York) city and he definitely loved the place."

Jones started as a freshman at Rice last season and will slide over to run the point this year with Sosa at Louisville.

"He's a power guard," Hicks said. "He's tough and can score. He'll run our team this year and become our floor leader. He's very talented. He's strong and athletic. He's pretty darn good for his young age."

Sosa could play a key role in Pitino eventually landing another talented New York City point guard.

"That's what happens in recruiting," said Hicks. "Sometimes you recruit one kid and get three more because the kids recruit each other. That's just how recruiting works."

Hicks said that Louisville coaches were at Rice to see Jones' workout Tuesday. Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh stopped by the school on Thursday.

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