LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Maurice Jones #10 of the USC Trojans shoots over Lazeric Jones #11 of the UCLA Bruins during the first round of the Pac12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 55-40. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
USC guard Maurice Jones will miss the entire 2012-13 season after being ruled academically ineligible.
Maurice Jones, the USC Trojans' leading scorer during the 2011-12 season, has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the entirety of the 2012-13 season, the school and coach Kevin O'Neill announced late Saturday.
Jones's 13 points per game led a USC team that finished 6-26 overall and had just one Pac-12 conference victory. Jones also led the conference with 38.2 minutes played per game and was among the conference leaders in steals.
"Maurice Jones has been nothing short of magnificent for us for two years," O'Neill told USCTrojans.com. "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."
Redshirt senior forward Aaron Fuller, who averaged 10.6 points per game last season, is now the Trojans' leading returning scorer. In 2012, the Trojans will also welcome back guard Jio Fontan, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL during a team trip to Brazil.
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