Former Fordham point guard Jio Fontan told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria that he committed to first-year USC coach Kevin O'Neill earlier today. A sophomore, Fontan led Fordham with a 15.3 points per game average as a freshman, but was frustrated with losing and left the struggling program after five games earlier this month.
A USC spokesman said the team could not comment until a transfer student was enrolled in classes, but Fontan sounded excited about the possibility of immediate playing time.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Fontan might have seen a glimpse of his future when he watched the debut of the transfer Gerrity as he led the Trojans to a stunning upset of Tennessee during Fontan's visit to campus Saturday.
Fontan would become eligible to play in December 2010 and join an impressive incoming 2010 recruiting class that includes guard Maurice Jones of Saginaw, Mich., guard Bryce Jones of Woodland Hils, Calif., forward Curtis Washington of Elizabethtown, Ky. and forward Garrett Jackson of Portland, Ore.
That Fontan is expected to head to Hollywood is good timing. He appears in the film, "The Street Stops Here," a documentary about famed St. Anthony (N.J.) High basketball coach Bob Hurley that will air in March. Fontan led a St. Anthony team that featured five other Division I players to a 32-0 record during 2007-08 season before signing with Fordham.
"What you’re getting with Jio would be a kid who’s extremely grounded in the way he’s been taught the game by his high school coach, Bob Hurley," said Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, who coached against Fontan in the Atlantic 10. "You have to go back to that. Anything that happened at Fordham to me doesn’t really measure in."