Iona Men's Basketball BIO
2 Lamont Jones
A highly regarded transfer from the University of Arizona will retain junior eligibility this season for the Gaels... Granted a waiver by the NCAA Committee For Legislative Relief to play right away based on an NCAA rule involving transfers due to injury or illness of an immediate family member and a student athlete’s well-being... Extremely talented scorer, started at point guard for the Elite-8 Arizona squad... A driven leader, will see action in Iona's starting lineup at multiple guard positions... Nicknamed "MoMo".
AS A JUNIOR (2011-12):
All-MAAC Second Team... MAAC Player of the Week (Feb. 6)... Appeared in and started all 33 games... Finished the season averaging 15.7 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 1.2 steals per game, 2.9 assists per game, and .780 free throw percentage... Scored 17 points with five rebounds, along with five assists and one steal vs. Purdue (Nov. 17)... Scored 10 points with one rebound, three assists, and two steals vs. Western Michigan (Nov. 18)... Scored 22 points with four rebounds, one assist, and one steal vs. Maryland (Nov. 20)... Scored 11 points with five assists and two steals vs. Saint Joseph's (Nov. 23)... Scored 12 points with three rebounds, four assist, and one steal at Canisius (Dec. 2)... Scored 20 points with one rebound, one assist, and three steals at Niagara (Dec. 4)... Scored 21 points with two rebounds and one steal at Denver (Dec. 7)...Scored 13 points with two rebounds and one assist at Marshall (Dec. 11)...Scored 14 points with four rebounds and five assists at Richmond (Dec. 14)... Scored 16 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals at Vermont (Dec. 17)... Scored 20 points with three rebounds, along with season-high eight assists at William & Mary (Dec. 21)... Scored 20 points with six rebounds and six assists at Hofstra (Dec. 29)... Scored 14 points with three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals vs. Siena (Jan. 3)... Scored 17 points with season-high eight rebounds, along with two assists and three stealsat Marist (Jan. 8)... Scored 25 points with three rebounds and one assist vs. Loyola (Md.) (Jan. 15)... Scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals vs. Rider (Jan. 20)... Scored 14 points with three rebounds, one assist, and one steal at Siena (Jan. 23)... Scored 20 points with six rebounds, one assist, and one steal at Fairfield (Jan. 27)... Scored season-high 43 points with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals vs. Canisius (Feb. 2)... Scored 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal at Manhattan (Feb. 4)...Scored 12 points with three rebounds and three steals at Loyola (Md.) (Feb. 10)... Scored 23 points with one rebound, one assist, and one block vs. Marist (Feb. 12)... Scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals at Rider (Feb. 15)... Scored 18 points with four rebounds and four assists vs. Nevada (Feb. 18)... Scored 24 points with two rebounds, four assists, and one steal vs. Saint Peter's (Feb. 26)... Scored 11 points with two rebounds and two steals vs. Marist (Mar. 3)... Scored 16 points with three assists and one steal vs. Fairfield (Mar. 4)... Had a season-long streak of nine games scoring double digits points.
AS A SOPHOMRE (2010-11, UNIV. OF ARIZONA):
An honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection... One of three Cats to start all 38 games (Hill/Williams) Ranked third in the Pac-10 with a .828 free throw percentage... Averaged 10.5 points and 2.3 assists in the NCAA Tournament... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 31 after averaging 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in wins over UCLA and USC... Averaged 11.3 ppg in Pac-10 play... Collected eight points and two assists on 3/26 vs. Connecticut in the NCAA West Regional Final... Collected 16 points, six assists (equaling a career high), three boards, a steal and no turnovers in 28 minutes vs. Duke on 3/24... Tallied two assists and three rebounds vs. Texas on 3/20... Equaled a career high with seven FTs en route to 18 points and a steal on 3/18 vs. Memphis in NCAA Tournament... Registered seven points (4-6 FT) and two assists on 3/12 vs. Washington... Posted seven points and two assists vs. USC on 3/11... Hit 3-of-6 treys en route to 13 points and two assists on 3/10 vs. Oregon State in Pac-10 Tournament... Posted seven points, four assists and a steal vs. Oregon on 3/5... Collected 17 points, three assists and two steals on 3/3 vs. Oregon State... Hit just 2-of-8 FGs at UCLA on 2/26... Registered nine points (3-of-12 FG) and an assist on 2/24 at USC... Posted 15 points and three assists on 2/19 vs. Washington... Tallied 10 points and a career-high five boards on 2/17 vs. Washington State... Passed out a career-high six assists on 2/13 at Arizona State... Posted new career highs of 27 points (9-of-18 FG) and 39 minutes played in triple OT win at California on 2/5, where 12 points came in OT periods... Scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half at Stanford on 2/3... Hit all six FGs, including three treys two finish with 17 points and three rebounds on 1/29 vs. USC... Tallied 17 points, three assists and a career-best three steals on 1/27 vs. UCLA... Posted 11 points, four boards and five assists at Washington State on 1/22... Collected 10 points and two assists in a season-high 28 minutes at Washington on 1/20... Had three assists and zero turnovers vs. Arizona State on 1/15... His four assists vs. Stanford on 1/9 equaled his best effort in 12 games... Sunk a key FG late and added four FTs to help defeat California on 1/6... Dropped in a game-high 20 points (14 in second half) on 1/2 at Oregon State, hitting 9-of-12 FG... Tallied six points and two assists on 12/30 at Oregon... Tallied five points and three assists on 12/22 vs. Robert Morris... Collected four points, three rebounds and four assists on 12/ 19 at N.C. State... Posted six points and an assist on 12/16 vs. Northern Arizona... Poured in all of his career-high 20 points in the second half (7-of-11 FG) vs. BYU on 12/11... Scored six points on 12/8 vs. Cal State Fullerton... Grabbed a season-high four rebounds to go with three assists and zero turnovers vs. Oklahoma on 12/5... Finished in double figures for the second straight game on 12/1 at Rice on 5-of-8 FGs... Posted 11 points vs. Kansas on 11/27... Equaled a career high with five assists on 11/26 vs. Santa Clara on 11/26... Hit his first trey of the season and passed out four assists on 11/23 vs. Bethune-Cookman... Reached double-figure points (10) for the first time this year vs. Northern Colorado on 11/21... Passed out a career-best five assists on 11/18 vs. New Mexico State... Posted six points, four assists and two steals on 11/14 vs. Idaho State in just 20 minutes of action.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009-10, UNIV. OF ARIZONA):
Proved to be one of the most productive Wildcats in the last half of the Pac-10 season, averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting .481 (37-of-77) from the field in the last 10 games to go with a 2:1 (22:11) assist:turnover ratio ... Five of his nine games in double figures came in the last 10 outings... A key member of the guard rotation Scored seven points vs. UCLA on 3/11 in Pac-10 Tournament... Hit 5-of-8 FGs and equaled career highs with 16 points and four assists on 3/4 vs. UCLA... Knocked down the game-winning FG at the buzzer - a 17-foot runner - at Stanford on 2/27, where 11 of his career-high 16 points came in the second half... Posted 10 points, five boards and four assists on 2/25 at California... Hit 5-of-8 FGs on the way to 11 points to go with a career-best six boards on 2/11 vs. Oregon... Equaled a season-high four assists on 2/6 at Washington State... Hit 7-of-10 FGs en route to a team-high 14 points at Washington on 2/4... Finished in double figures for the fourth time this season with 10 points (3-of-6 FG) on 1/31 vs. California... Equaled a season high with four assists on 1/28 vs. Stanford... Hit 5-of-6 FGs to finish with a season-best 13 points in just 12 minutes vs. Washington on 1/10... Suspended for 1/2 game at UCLA for team policy issues... Tallied 12 points on 12/21 vs. Lipscomb... Posted his first double-figure scoring game on 12/12 at San Diego State with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting... Scored nine of his season-best 12 points in the OT (3-of-4 treys), as UA prevailed over Lipscomb on 12/21... Collected two boards, an assist and a steal on 12/9 vs. Louisiana Tech, and earned praise from Miller for his defensive effort... Posted season-high totals of nine points, five boards and 32 minutes vs. UNLV on 12/2... Hoisted 10 FG attempts in 28 minutes vs. Wisconsin on 11/23... Collected eight points and two steals in his college debut vs. Northern Arizona on 11/15.
BEFORE IONA (OAK HILL ACADEMY / AMERICAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL / RICE HIGH SCHOOL):
Ranked as the No. 68 overall prospect in the country and the No. 11 point guard by rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 88 by ESPN... First Oak Hill product to play at Iona since Ben Mockford (2009-10)... Averaged 21.3 points and 8.0 assists per game as a senior in leading Oak Hill Academy to a 41-1 record for coach Steve Smith... Oak Hill was the national runner-up at the National High School Invitational and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final USA Today prep top-25 poll... Named to inaugural ESPN RISE all-tournament team and earned MVP honors of the Iolani Classic in Hawaii after pouring in 40 points in the double OT championship game win... A 2009 Jordan Brand All-American and a McDonald's High School All-America nominee... Averaged 25.4 points and 3.0 assists per game as a junior at American Christian School in Aston, Pa.... Attended Rice High School in New York City as a freshman and sophomore... Participated in the Steve Nash Skills Academy and the LeBron James U.S. Academy in 2008... An honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.
CAREER STATS Year GP-GS Min FG Pct 3FG Pct FT Pct Reb Avg A TO Bk St Pts/Avg 2009-10* 30-1 563 78 .417 10 .189 31 .705 53 1.8 47 41 0 21 197/6.6 2010-11* 38-38 988 130 .418 25 .316 82 .828 60 1.6 93 72 1 24 367/9.7 Totals 68-39 1551 208 .418 35 .265 113 .790 113 1.7 140 113 1 45 564/8.3 *- at Univ. of Arizona