In a decision that was a little bit surprising to myself and other Arizona fans, the Wildcats' 2010-2011 starting point guard Lamont "Momo" Jones has decided to transfer, in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother, who lives in New York.
“I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates and all of the U of A fans for making my two years at Arizona very special,” said Jones. “After much thought, I have decided to pursue my goals at a school closer to home. My desire to be closer to my family, and in particular my grandmother, is the reason I am transferring. I want it to be known that I love this program, my coaches and teammates. I appreciate everyone for supporting me through this tough time.”
Jones averaged nearly 10 points a game for Arizona last season and was a key reason why they were able to advance all the way to the Elite Eight. Without him, it is unlikely that the Wildcats would have had nearly the success they did.
While Jones grandmother might be the main factor in his decision to transfer, it is not the only one. Head coach Sean Miller is bringing in a top 5 recruiting class next season that features two five-star guards, Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner.
Jones would have likely received significant less playing time and realized that if he wanted to make the most of his college career, Arizona was no longer the place to do so.
What all this means for the rest of the college basketball world is that there is a talented and experienced point guard looking for a school to attend next season.
The NCAA may allow Jones to play immediately, rather than be forced to sit out a year, as they are usually lenient to players who transfer due to family health matters.
Fans of the school Jones chooses to attend can expect a fiery point guard with plenty of swagger. If you are unfamiliar with his game, check out what he did against Cal last season.
Here are five potential schools that could land Momo Jones.