USC Guard Maurice Jones Academically Ineligible For 2012-2013 Season

March 7, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lazeric Jones (11) fouls USC Trojans guard Maurice Jones (10) during the second half of the game of the first round of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament at the Staples Center.UCLA won 55-40. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

USC's Maurice Jones has been deemed Academically Ineligible for the 2012-13 season.

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.

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