Junior guard expected to return for the 2013-14 season
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BREAKDOWN: Maurice Jones is a 5-foot-7, 155-pound lightning-quick junior guard who is adept at scoring and getting his teammates involved on the offensive end. Jones has tremendous court vision and the flare for providing highlight reel plays. He has a strong understanding of how to run an offense and can score by either defeating his defender or by drilling a long range jumper. Jones has 125 career steals which ranks ninth on USC's all-time list and he enters the season as the Pac-12 leader among active players in career steals. Also ranks 20th all-time by a Trojan with 93 career three-point baskets.
2011-12: Jones had an outstanding sophomore season considering many of his teammates were injured or newcomers and the defenses focused on shutting him down. Jones led the Trojans in most offensive categories, including points per game (13.0), assists (111), steals (56), free throws made (78), three-point baskets (52) and minutes (1221). Jones led all Pac-12 players by averaging 38.2 minutes per game and ranked highly among conference players in scoring (T-14th), assists per game (10th), steals per game (5th) and three-pointers per game (12th). Scored in double figures in 23 of 32 games with a season high of 28 points vs. South Carolina on Nov. 26 at the Las Vegas Invitational. In that game, Jones went 7-for-7 from three-point range to set the USC record for most makes from beyond the arc without a miss. He also scored 18 points vs. Morgan State on Nov. 22 and 11 vs. UNLV on Nov. 25 and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Nov. 21-26. He scored 25 points (18 in the first half) vs. TCU on Dec. 19 and matched a career high with seven assists. Also registered seven assists at UC Riverside on Nov. 30 and at Arizona on Feb. 23. Scored 17 points to rally USC in the second half at Cal on Dec. 29...hit three late 3-pointers as USC closed to within one point. Had a game-high 22 points at Oregon on Jan. 19, but his long 3-pointer for the tie missed with 6 seconds left. Led USC with 17 points in a season-low 29 minutes vs. Cal on Feb. 9...suffered a cut on his hand, missed time to stop bleeding. Made 65.5 percent of his free throws, but improved drastically in that category as the season went on, making 35 of his last 47 (74.5 percent).
2010-11: Jones started USC's first 25 games and played in all 34, averaging 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals. His 69 steals set a USC freshman record and rank seventh all-time by a Pac-10 freshman. Jones scored in double figures 15 times. He scored a Trojan 2011 single-game high of 29 points in his second collegiate game, making 10 of 20 shots and handing out five assists on Nov. 15 vs. Santa Clara. He averaged 10.6 points in his nine games coming off the bench, after averaging 9.7 points in his 25 starts. Matched a season high with six assists and scored 14 points on Jan. 27 at Arizona State. Also had six assists vs. Texas on Dec. 5, Feb. 10 vs. Oregon State and Feb. 12 vs. Oregon. Jones also had six steals vs. ASU on Jan. 27, the most by a Trojan in a game since Daniel Hackett also had six on Dec. 15, 2008. He scored 13 straight points and finished with 22 points (all in the second half) in the win at California on Feb. 17. He hit a season-best five three-pointers in that game, going 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. Had a team-high 16 points and added four assists and two steals in the Pac-10 quarterfinal win vs. California on March 10. Had only six games all season with more turnovers than assists. Not only did he set the school freshman steals record, but he also placed his name in the record books ranking in the top 10 all-time among USC freshmen in assists (5th, 110), three-pointers made (T-5th, 41), three-point percentage (T-8th, .347), and free throws made (8th, 70).
HIGH SCHOOL: Jones averaged 30.0 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and four steals per game to lead Arthur Hill HS to the Michigan Class A quarterfinals. Jones was named the Associated Press Michigan Class A Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Michigan "Mr. Basketball Award." Jones was rated the No. 27 point guard in the 2010 class by ESPNU and was named first team All-State in Michigan. ESPNU also ranked Jones as the No. 89 player overall in the class of 2010, while MaxPreps listed him as No. 98. He was also named to the Saginaw News 2010 High School Basketball Dream Team. In the 2010 Michigan state quarterfinal 63-58 loss to Ann Arbor Huron, Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He scored a career-high and set a school record with 49 points in a 105-97 loss to the 2009 Class A champion Pershing. During his junior season Jones averaged 27 points and 13 assists. In his four years at Arthur Hill, Jones scored more than 1,800 points and dished out 705 assists. He also had more than 300 rebounds and 200 steals. Said Arthur Hill HS coach Greg McMath about Jones, "He's one of the quickest players I've ever been around and ever seen. I've been to the ABCD camps and have seen Derrick Rose and all those guys. He's quicker than those guys."
PERSONAL: Jones was born on December 20, 1991.