Trojan guard Bryce Jones set to transfer
USC freshman guard Bryce Jones announced Tuesday that he will transfer, leaving the menâs basketball program just 18 games into the season.
âBryce Jones has informed us of his desire to leave USC and transfer to another school,â said USC coach Kevin OâNeill in a story published on the team website. âWe appreciate his contributions to our program, and we wish Bryce and his family all the best. Heâs a talented player with a promising future.â
Recruited by OâNeill from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., Jones was the highest rated player in USCâs 2010 recruiting class.
He started the first 10 games this season before losing his starting position to sophomore transfer Jio Fontan from Fordham University, who became eligible Dec. 18 against Kansas.
Through 18 games, Jones, a Los Angeles native, averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.
But in a statement released by the school, Jones cited a lack of playing time, not his replacement as starting guard, as the reason for his decision to transfer.
âMy family and I felt it was in my best interest to transfer, so I informed coach OâNeill of this yesterday,â Jones said. âAlthough my time at USC didnât go exactly how I had hoped in terms of playing time, I appreciate the experience I was offered and wish my teammates nothing but the best in the future.â
Since receiving a technical foul in the waning minutes of the Dec. 23 game against Lehigh, Jones saw a significant drop in playing time, averaging just five minutes per game.
In the teamâs most recent contest against Oregon State last Saturday, Jones played for only four minutes.