Has Lamont Jones committed to Louisville?

Rumors abound that Lamont Jones, a talented 5'11 sophomore point guard from New York, has given the Louisville Cardinals an early verbal commitment. Tuesday night, InsideTheVille.com went directly to the source and spoke with Jones to find out. Has Jones committed to Louisville? InsideTheVille.com has the answer.

Lamont Jones, the No. 2 ranked sophomore in New York City, recently made an unofficial visit to Louisville. And the Big Apple star came away impressed with Rick Pitino's program.

"It was a nice experience," said Jones, who spent two days in Louisville while the Cardinals prepared for a trip to Canada earlier this month. "I liked the school and the dorms were nice. I saw them practice and I met all the players. They were all really nice and welcomed me. They were cool to be around. They treated me like I was part of the team. I had fun."

One of the main reasons Louisville was able to get Jones, also known as "Mo-Mo," on campus is because of his close relationship with Cardinal freshman guard Edgar Sosa.

"He's like the older brother I never had," Jones said. "I speak to him about twice a day. We've played together with the Guachos and in school and we just bonded right away. Our games are very similar."

Jones and Sosa teamed together last year at Rice High School and the 5'11, 175 pound sophomore relies on his older friend for advice about the recruiting process and college life.

"I've spoken to him about Louisville," Jones said. "He told me Louisville would be a good place for me. He also told me to weigh my options before I make my decision. In all reality, I think he wants me to go to Louisville. I don't think he would steer me in the wrong direction."

There have been rumors, including a published report on Clark Francis' HoopScoopOnline.com, in the last week that Jones has already verbally committed to play for Louisville. So InsideTheVille.com posed the question to Jones Tuesday night.

Have you verbally committed to Louisville?

Jones called Louisville's Edgar
Sosa, "the brother he never had."

"No comment," Jones said.

Though Jones declined to comment on the rumors of a possible verbal commitment to the Cardinals, he did admit that the thought has crossed his mind and has been tossed around for discussion with those closest to him.

"It's been considered, but I'm still young and I'd like to keep my options open right now," he said. "But by the end of my sophomore year everybody will know where I'm going."

Jones also said that Louisville is currently his top choice, though he's still interested in Virginia Tech and Duke.

"Louisville right now just stands out the most," Jones said. "I've always wanted to play for Rick Pitino because he has NBA experience and he could teach me everything I need to know. I think Louisville would be a perfect fit because of their style of play and academics. The people there treat you like you're one of their own."

Jones started as a freshman for Rice last year and served as Sosa's running mate in the backcourt. This season, he'll slide over to play the point and run the show now that Sosa is at U of L.

"I like to run and gun," Jones said. "That's the way I've played all my life. I mainly go to the basket but I'll hit the outside shot if you leave me open. I don't think anybody can guard me off the dribble. I'm a power guard."

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