Via NY Times:
You can respect when a player puts his family first when they are in need, but more so putting them first and leaving a top notch program like Arizona to go to Iona. That’s what Iona guard Lamont Jones recently discussed in an interview with the New York Times. He plays ohio state tomorrow at 7:15 pm ET.
Jones, a senior who ranks third in Division I with 23 points per game, transferred to Iona after helping Arizona win a Pacific-12 regular-season title and reach the N.C.A.A. tournament’s Round of 8 when he was a sophomore.
Although remaining at Arizona may have better served his ambition of playing beyond college, Jones cast that aside. It was more important to him that he tend to his grandmother, who was dealing with hepatitis in Harlem.
“It was a hard decision, but at the same time it became easy when it comes to family,” Jones said. “I felt like my family needed me.”
Jones said the instrumental role his grandmother played in his life when he was growing up ultimately meant far more to him than school size or conference affiliation.
“My family raised me,” he said. “My family is going to be there when basketball stops.”
Jones seems like a good kid and I wish him the best but how do you think his team will fare against Ohio State on Friday? Win or Lose its no question he will give 100% says his coach.
“I don’t care if it’s the N.B.A. finals or the N.C.A.A. tournament; he won’t be intimidated,” Cluess said. “Everybody knows he’s our go-to guy, but when we need a basket he feels he can get us that basket.”