USC: Mike Rosario

Teammates talk Bryce Jones' transfer

January, 18, 2011
1/18/11
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Guards Maurice Jones and Jio Fontan spoke about teammate Bryce Jones' decision to transfer Tuesday after the Trojans practiced in preparation for a game against Stanford on Thursday.

Jones had started the first 10 games of USC's season but became a sparingly-used reserve when Fontan became eliglble Dec. 18 at Kansas. Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones had become fast friends and roommates since they enrolled at USC over the summer.

Here's what the two had to say:

(Maurice Jones, on what it changes for the team)

"It changes us a little bit, especially with him coming off the bench, he provided some scoring and things like that, like the UCLA game, when he came in and sparked us and helped us get the win."

(Maurice Jones, on whether it limits options in the backcourt)

"Yeah, a little bit, because Bryce was kinda like our slasher. Bryce, at 6-5 or 6-6, he was long, he was able to be one of our best guards rebounding and stuff like that, but we've just gotta do it with what we've got."

(Maurice Jones, on whether, personally, he'll miss having his roommate on the team with him)

"I would like for Bryce to be here. Me and him had such good chemistry. But he's got to take his talents somewhere else and hopefully he'll be successful wherever he goes."

(Fontan, on how to move forward)

"We just need to get closer as a team. Most importantly, I think it's important to know that everybody on our team, we're all behind Bryce. We all wish him the best. I don't think anybody here has any negative attitudes towards his decision. It happened but it is what it is, and I think now we just get a little closer and understand that we need more people."

(Fontan, on taking Jones' starting spot)

"I don't personally feel bad or anything like that. I think Bryce, if you ask him, me and him were pretty close and I think we got closer as I started to come back and play, because we were both excited to play with each other. That was one of my things -- I tell people all the time, it's funny how the roads have changed, because at Fordham I had a lot of people who wanted to play with me and I made the decision to come here because I wanted to play with a lot of the guys here, like Nik, and knowing Maurice and Bryce were gonna be here. Especially Bryce, I heard a lot about Bryce and I always wanted to play with another wing like that. I hadn't played with a wing that good since playing with Mike Rosario [at St. Anthony's High in Jersey City, N.J.] To lose him is tough on me because not only did I lose somebody I wanted to play with, but I lost a friend. I told him from the day I heard about the whole situation that if he ever needed my help, because I went through the same situation, that I'm always there for him."

Weekend recap

April, 12, 2010
4/12/10
9:18
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Plenty of USC-related happenings over the weekend and on this gloomy Monday in Los Angeles:
  • Information on services for former USC kicker Chris Limahelu, who passed away last week from prostate cancer at age 59: The viewing will be held this Friday night, April 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the Custer Christiansen Mortuary in Covina, Calif., with the service scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Covina Methodist Church.
  • The praise keeps coming in for running back Dillon Baxter, who inspired comparisons to ex-Trojan Reggie Bush after his impressive performance in the team's irst scrimmage of the spring Saturday. Baxter broke a Bush-worthy 50-yard run — video here — and carried nine times for 94 yards on the day. USC next returns to the practice field Tuesday at 4 p.m for the seventh of 15 scheduled spring practices.
  • We wrote Saturday on USC baseball's 2-6 record through eight Pac-10 conference games. Since then, it's only gotten worse. The Trojans lost again Sunday, falling 4-3 at the hands of visiting Cal. Facing a 4-1 deficit, USC rallied in the eighth inning to score two runs and put runners on the corners with only one out, but the Trojans couldn't drive the tying run in. First baseman Ricky Oropesa leads the conference with 11 homers this year, but USC's postseason potential looks bleak at best, with a 15-17 overall record and now a 2-7 Pac-10 record. A three-game series at now-No. 3 ranked Arizona State looms this weekend.
  • According to a report out of New Jersey, Rutgers will file tampering charges against the USC basketball program regarding the recruitment of guard Mike Rosario. Rosario, a sophomore who averaged 16.7 points per game with the Scarlet Knights last season, would have three years to play two if he were to transfer, but Rutgers reportedly plans to block any transfer to USC — and Florida and Kansas, for that matter. Interestingly, USC coach Kevin O'Neill denied all tampering charges to the O.C. Register, and sources told the Los Angeles Times that no one in the program has had any contact with Rosario. In other basketball news, the regular signing period begins Wednesday for Class of 2010 prospects, but USC's four recruits — Bryce Jones, Maurice Jones, Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington — all signed during the early period in November, so expect the Trojans to remain quiet.
  • Other sport news: the No. 1-ranked women's water polo team hasn't lost since February 7, a span of 16 matches; USC sophomore Jennifer Song shot a final round 69 Sunday to finish second overall and lead the Trojans to third place in the PING/ASU Invitational held in Tempe, Ariz; the Trojans won both the men's and women's discus competitions over the weekend at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

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