New York Colleges: Lamont Jones

Machado named MAAC Player of Year

March, 2, 2012
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Iona point guard Scott Machado has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Player of the Year.

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The 6-foot-1 senior from Queens leads the nation in assists, at 10.1 per game. He is also averaging 13.1 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Machado was joined on the All-MAAC first team by fellow senior Mike Glover, who is averaging 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Off-guard Momo Jones (16.2 ppg) made the All-MAAC second team.

The Gaels (24-6, 15-3 MAAC), the top seed in the MAAC tournament, will play their quarterfinal game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against either Marist or St. Peter's.

Lamont "MoMo" Jones heading to Iona

June, 9, 2011
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Former Rice High School and University of Arizona point guard Lamont "MoMo" Jones is transferring to Iona.

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'MoMo' Jones headed to Queens?

May, 20, 2011
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Speculation has run rampant this week about the future of former Arizona point guard and New York native Lamont 'MoMo' Jones -- but we still have no answers.

Jones announced on Monday that he was planning to leave the Wildcats program and transfer after playing two seasons there.

"I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates and all of the U of A fans for making my two years at Arizona very special," said Jones. "After much thought, I have decided to pursue my goals at a school closer to home. My desire to be closer to my family, and in particular my grandmother, is the reason I am transferring. I want it to be known that I love this program, my coaches and teammates. I appreciate everyone for supporting me through this tough time."

We're currently in an NCAA-mandated recruiting "dead period" -- meaning Jones cannot make on-campus visits or have direct contact with coaches. The current dead period extends from May 19 through May 27, so we likely won't get a decision from Jones until at least after that.

St. John's would make plenty of sense as a landing spot for Jones, considering he says he wants to play closer to home. The Red Storm already have signed nine new players for next fall -- the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPNU -- but Steve Lavin still has a couple of spots available. With a roster littered with freshman next season, an experienced point guard would be a huge help -- even if he had to sit out a season and couldn't play until 2012. And Jones played for St. John's director of basketball operations Moe Hicks for two seasons when both were at Rice High School in Harlem.

Jones averaged 9.7 points and 2.4 assists per game last season, starting at the point for a team that went to the Elite Eight. St. John's won't be the only team interested in his services.

Stay tuned, and we'll see where 'MoMo' winds up.

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