Lamont Jones says it's official

Pittsburgh - Lamont Jones, the talented New York rising junior, let the cat out the bag Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Jamfest. has the exclusive scoop!

It won't come as much of a surprise, but Lamont Jones let the cat out the bag Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Jamfest. Call this one official: Jones, the talented New York guard, has verbally committed to Rick Pitino and Louisville.

It's been presumed for awhile that Jones, a close friend and former high school teammate of Louisville's Edgar Sosa, would choose the Cardinals. In fact, the 5-11 Jones told Pitino his intentions late last summer.

"I told Coach (Pitino) that I would definitely be going there," Jones told Saturday at the Peterson Event Center. "I visited a couple times and I verbaled there. They've always been my number one school."

Just to make sure, the follow up question. So it would be accurate to say that you're verbally committed to the University of Louisville?

"Yes," Jones replied.

Now that Jones' commitment is officially on the record, , he said that he would "most likely" attend Rick Pitino's summer basketball camp in June. Jones, one of the top prospects in the Big Apple's Class of 2009 – yes, he's only a rising junior - also didn't rule out another trip to the ‘Ville this summer.

Lamont Jones said he's verbally
committed to U of L.

"I probably take one or two visits down to Louisville this summer," Jones said. "

Jones watched Louisville closely this season, especially with childhood friend Sosa leading the way for Pitino's young Cardinals

"Edgar is like my brother," Jones said. "He played great. I actually spoke to him the night that they played Texas A&M. It was real tough for him. He cried and he was definitely down. But nobody as kids would have believed we would make it this far. Him missing those two free throws - he'll come back home this summer and work very hard and I'll be a part of that."

As for his decision to commit to U of L so early in the recruiting process, Jones made clear the important role that Sosa played.

"There are other factors but that's like the main reason," Jones said. "He told me how good it is and how good they treat you. I had a chance to experience it when I was in town and everybody knew that I was there and everybody welcomed me. It was real nice."

Without Sosa and UConn's Curtis Kelly, nobody expected much from Jones and Rice High this year. But despite the low preseason expectations, Jones and his teammates delivered a city championship and made it to the state federation championship, losing a close one to super prospect Lance Stephenson and Lincoln.

"We won the city championship and no one expected us to. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for us and we came out and proved everybody wrong," Jones said. "We went upstate for the federation. Unfortunately, we didn't play so good and we lost to Lincoln by two points."

How did Jones and Rice do it?

"We just worked hard and we were in the gym everyday and practiced for about four or five hours everyday," Jones said. "We were just dedicated to show everybody they were wrong."

Besides attending Pitino's camp, Jones has a busy spring and summer planned. Playing for Tiny Morton's Juice All-Stars, will keep Jones on the go throughout the summer. And if you're wondering – that's the Tiny Morton that coached Sebastian Telfair in high school.

"I'm just going to work hard this summer," Jones said. "I'm going to shoot 2,000 shots a day to get my jump shot better and be ready for next season."

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