Virginia Tech’s fifth recruit of the 2009 recruiting class certainly has experience playing for high profile programs. Lamont “Mo-Mo” Jones has played for Rice High School in New York, American Christian (Aston, PA) and now Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA). It is this experience, coupled with ability, of course, that may enable Jones to be an immediate contributor for the Hokies in 2009.
“He won’t have a large transition as a freshman,” Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. “Most freshmen have a little bit of a transition, but I think Mo-Mo is a guy who can come in and help them right away.”
Prior to his time at Oak Hill, Jones was viewed more as a combo guard and perhaps less as a point guard. He has played the point guard spot well for Coach Smith and is being recruited by Virginia Tech to play point as well.
“Coach Greenberg is looking at him as a point guard,” Smith said. “He plays the point for me. We’ve had nine games and he is averaging 14 points and 5.6 assists per game. He has got 3-point range as far as shooting ability. He is a running a team where the whole starting five will be Division 1, so he is doing something similar to what he’ll do in college. He has never had that luxury before. Previous schools have played him at the one or two, but he has never solely been the point guard. For me, he is the point and nothing else and I think that is going to help him. He could score and be good, but he doesn’t have to score to be a good player. I like the fact that he can score, though. He is a strong, physical guard. He is maybe 6-0, but he is a solid 205 pounds. He is a good defender. He can put serious ball pressure on the floor.”
Jones committed to Virginia Tech yesterday, which was the final day of the early signing period for Division 1 basketball. He didn’t sign a letter of intent but fully intends to do so in the spring signing period.
“The only reason he didn’t sign was because his mother was in New York,” Smith said. “She was adamant that she wanted to be there with him when he signed, so he just verballed. Everybody is good with it. We called Coach Greenberg to make sure he would take a verbal and he did. Mo-Mo is not going to talk to any other coaches. There will be none of that. He told me he gave his word to Coach Greenberg....
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