Basketball: End-of-year capsules, No. 5

March, 28, 2011
3/28/11
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Over a two week period that began last week, we're going over the 10 scholarship basketball players who were on USC's 2010-2011 roster -- one by one, Monday-Friday -- and recap their accomplishments in the now-completed season, no matter how big or how small. We began with redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, redshirt sophomore Evan Smith and sophomore Curtis Washington, with the years in reference to what they will be come next season.

We fell behind some last week, so four, five and six will be coming your way Monday, starting with sophomore forward Garrett Jackson fourth.

Now we take a look at sophomore guard Maurice Jones.

Jones started the year off with a bang, averaging more than 18 points per game over the first three games of the season -- including a 29-point, five-assist performance in the second game of the year against Santa Clara, which ended up being by far his best performance of the year.

But he failed to keep his performance up when Jio Fontan became eligible in mid-December , struggling to two two-point performances in conference play against Washington State and UCLA. Then, in mid-February, Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill decided to switch things up and move reserve Donte Smith into the starting lineup and Jones onto the bench.

From then on, he became a different player, busting out immediately to a 22-point game against Cal right away and another positive performance against Stanford. He played well again against Cal in the Pac-10 tourney and was also USC's second most-effective player in the NCAA tournament loss to Virginia Commonwealth.

Jones won't be USC's starting point guard next year -- Fontan seems to have that role sealed up -- but he seems likely to log at least 30 minutes per game as a reserve or starting two-guard. For him, aggression is the key.

Game tape from the Santa Clara game shows just how aggressive he can be at times, getting great penetration into the lane and feeling comfortable enough to shoot on many more occasions than he did at many times later in the season.

That's it for right now. Coming up shortly is departed senior guard Marcus Simmons.

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