RCSI: 91 (2009)
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Position: PG/SG
High School: Oak Hill Academy (Virginia)
Hometown: Harlem, NY
College: Iona
Current Team: Manama
Win - Loss: 0 - 3


ESPN RISE National High School Invitational

Joey Whelan
Joey Whelan
Apr 12, 2009, 05:15 pm
Lamont “Mo Mo” Jones was the most consistent performer for Oak Hill during the course of their three games. At this point he is very much a combo guard, but given his size, he will likely try to develop his point guard skills once in college. The New York native has great ball-handling skills, good court vision and a quick first step; in short, he very much looks capable of developing into a solid collegiate floor general. Jones is capable of scoring the basketball from most spots on the floor at this point. He has the range to do damage from the perimeter if given space, but is at his most dangerous when he puts the ball on the floor. He consistently knocked down pull up jumpers from mid-range, able to stop on a dime and elevate. Jones has good body control and was able to finish in traffic around the rim, but his height tends to hurt him in these situations. Whoever signs Jones will be getting a player who should be able to see substantial time at either guard spot right away.

Pittsburgh High School Classic Recap

Rodger Bohn
Rodger Bohn
Jan 29, 2008, 05:43 pm
Lamont Jones (unranked, Scout or Rivals) took full advantage of Evans’ foul troubles, looking perfectly comfortable in taking over the role of ball-dominant point guard. He made many big baskets throughout the game for American Christian and played with a fire not typical of most point guards at such a young age.

The Louisville recruit did all of his damage on the offensive end, scoring in a number of different ways. He initially made his presence felt with his fiery shooting, drilling jumpers from well beyond the arc as, well as from mid-range. Not to be confused with a one dimensional shooter, the gritty junior then began taking the ball to the rim, not caring what Notre Dame freak Terrence Jennings had to say about it. The returns were solid for Jones, who threw his bowling ball frame around in order to absorb contact near the rim.

Given his lack of size and Louisville’s loaded recruiting classes for the next few seasons, it may be a while before Jones has the chance to contribute significantly in college. His lack of size hurt his NBA chances severely, but he will certainly have the opportunity to change the opinions of NBA scouts over his collegiate career given the stable of NBA prospects that Rick Pitino continues to land year in and year out.

National High School Hoops Festival Recap

Joey Whelan
Joey Whelan
Dec 14, 2007, 04:18 am
The last time we saw Jones was back in June at the Nike IS8 Championships, and he has improved many facets of his game since then. Thanks to teammate Tyreke Evans receiving plenty of attention from the defense, Jones found himself in one-on-one situations for the entire game against Patterson School and made the most of the match up.

What Jones lacks in height he makes up for with tremendous athleticism. He has a great first step, excellent open court speed, and an explosive vertical which he isn’t afraid to unleash in traffic. His body control is very good, allowing him to finish a lot of tough shots in the lane. With that said, Jones’s slashing game is really set up by his excellent outside shooting. He has a shooter’s mindset, in that if you give him any room at all he will unleash shots from most anywhere on the floor. He has great range and a quick release, making him a real catch and shoot threat. While Jones did show some ability to shoot off the dribble, he is clearly most comfortable right now when he can spot up.

Jones impressed on the defensive end. His lateral quickness is good and he has nice instincts. He puts constant pressure on his man, forcing a fair number of turnovers, and he even got a five-second violation called against his opponent this weekend. Jones’s quick hands make him a constant threat to pick up steals and deflect passes.

Jones is an intriguing prospect, much like a Chris Lofton in that he is an undersized shooting guard who is a real threat on the perimeter, but needs to develop point guard skills if he hopes to be successful at the next level. Jones looks like he might be a little more explosive around the basket than Lofton is (although quite a bit shorter), and that will help a good deal when he gets to the Big East in a couple of years.

Nike IS8 High School Spring Championship

Joey Whelan
Joey Whelan
Jun 06, 2007, 12:48 am
Jones unfortunately was very quiet for the most part in the two games he played this weekend; often deferring to teammates on the offensive end. The times that Jones did decide to get involved, he showed flashes of the ability that has intrigued Louisville, who Jones has given a verbal commitment to despite only being a sophomore.

Jones has great range on his shot and knocked down several long perimeter shots over the course of the weekend. He showed a great ability to catch and shoot the basketball from anywhere on the court, but was not as able to create shots for himself from the outside, partially due to his ball handling skills which need improvement. In transition Jones was very effective, using his good open court speed, and solid jumping ability to elevate to a clear look at the rim. Jones also showed solid ability on the offensive glass, several times flying down the lane when he wasn’t covered and getting easy put backs. Defensively is where Jones stood out. He hounded his opponents all weekend, forcing plenty of turnovers that result in easy points at the other end of the floor.

There is still plenty of time for Jones to develop his game, and though he took a backseat to some of his teammates this weekend, it’s clear he is a skilled player with real potential.

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