USC leading scorer seeking transfer

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Maurice Jones averaged a team-best 13 points per game for a 6-26 USC team last season. (US Presswire)

You take a look at all the changeover from this offseason, and it's possible no major program has flipped its roster the way USC has.

The most recent adjustment came Wednesday, when junior point guard -- and leading scorer on last year's team -- Maurice Jones said he was looking to go to a new program. Jones, who has a protected Twitter account, tweeted early Wednesday morning "In a few hours I will be on my way home... I will be looking to transfer from USC smh," following that tweet up at at 5:05 a.m. PT, "Goodbye LA...for now."

The Los Angeles Times confirmed that the 5-foot-7 Jones wants out.

In pragmatic terms, this news is actually a softened blow, as Jones was already going to sit out the upcoming year in order to get his grades right. Something has happened in the past two weeks to cause a divorce between player and school. At this point, wherever Jones is able to land, he'll still be sitting out the entirety of the 2012-13 season.

USC was destroyed by injuries last season, and because of that Jones played in 94.7 percent of USC's minutes -- the fourth-most in the country. The Trojans should be better this year, and with Jones unquestionably out of the picture, it's going to look like a whole new team. In fact, Rice transfer Omar Oraby, a 7-2 boost of morale, just agreed to head to Southern Cal.

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