Tag:Jio Fontan
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:57 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 6:58 pm

Jio Fontan tears ACL, will miss entire season

By Jeff Borzello

After Jio Fontan became eligible last season following his transfer from Fordham, USC went 13-10 and made a run to the NCAA tournament. The Trojans had wins over Tennessee, UCLA, Arizona, Washington, sneaking into the Big Dance as a No. 11 seed.

Head coach Kevin O’Neill was looking forward to having a full season of the 6-foot- point guard from New Jersey.

Unfortunately, Fontan will miss the entire season after an MRI on his left knee revealed a torn ACL. Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times said that Fontan will have surgery on the injured knee in the next couple of days.

Fontan suffered the injury during the first half of USC’s exhibition game against Mogi das Cruzes on Tuesday. Originally, X-rays were negative and USC called it a left knee sprain.

The matchup against Mogi das Cruzes was the third game of a 10-day trip to Brazil for the Trojans; Fontan had scored 57 points in the first two games. He was expected to anchor a young roster that included eight returnees. Fontan averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 assists last season, shooting nearly 38 percent from 3-point range.

In Fontan’s place, sophomore Maurice Jones will need to step up in the backcourt. Jones played well before Fontan became eligible last season, scoring double-figures six times, including a 29-point performance against Santa Clara. Junior college transfers Greg Allen and Alexis Moore will be counted on to make immediate impacts.

Photo: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: August 17, 2011 10:41 am

USC's Jio Fontan sprains knee in Brazil

By Matt Norlander

One of the key players for USC having a successful season is Jio Fontan.

Here's to hoping his latest injury isn't anything that will linger.

The senior point guard reportedly sprained his left knee in an exhibition game in Brazil Tuesday. The Trojans added insult to injury by losing by 11 to Mogi das Cruzes. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, the X-ray on the knee came back negative, which is great, but the MRI results won't be known for a few days. Fontan will undergo an MRI in Brazil Wednesday, which also happens to be a travel day for the team, as it will leave from Sao Paulo and head to Rio de Janeiro for more exhibition games Friday.

From ESPNLosAngeles.com:

"I'm always worried about any injury," coach Kevin O'Neill said by phone from Sao Paulo late Tuesday. "But we won't know anything until tomorrow."

USC was up by six at the time Fontan went out of the game, but the Trojans quickly fell behind without their captain and senior leader. Forward Aaron Fuller also missed the game with an illness, so USC was forced to play walk-on Eric Strangis extensive minutes and work newcomers Greg Allen, Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley into the rotation.

Fontan, who played his first season with the Trojans last year after transferring from Fordham, had a 25.8 assist rate in 2010-11. That's pretty solid. He averaged 10.5 points and was a 38-percent shooter from 3-point range.

Category: NCAAB
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