The USC men's basketball team will be without junior guard Maurice Jones for the entire 2012-13 season due to academic purposes, head coach Kevin O'Neill announced today.
"Maurice Jones has been nothing short of magnificent for us for two years," said O'Neill. "Mo has been a great guy and great player and we want him to graduate from USC. I support him 100 percent in all that he does."
Jones currently plans to return for the 2013-14 season.
Jones averaged 11.4 PPG in 66 games for the Trojans, 57 of them starts. He led USC in points (416), points per game (13.0), steals (56), assists (111), and three-point FG's (52) in 2011-12. Jones played 38.2 minutes per game, scoring double digits in 23 of 32 games last year.