He May Be Small, But He's The Best
It's his dazzling play - not his height - that's getting him noticed
Trojans point guard Maurice Jones stands back-to-back against KTLA reporter Rebecca Hall. (KTLA / February 11, 2011)
The Trojans may not have the best record in the Pac-10, but they do have one something nobody else does: the shortest player in the conference, 5'7" point guard Maurice Jones.
When Jones graduated from high school in Saginaw, Michigan last year, he decided to bring his talents West.
"I started playing when I was about three," Jones said. "My dad put the ball in my hands and i've been playing ever since."
The freshman has been given a great deal of playing time -- and is making every minute count.
"Coach said I had a good opportunity to play 30-35 minutes a game. That was most important to me -- to play and get some experience."
USC basketball coach Kevin O'Neill couldn't be prouder of this pint-sized player. "I think he's had a great year for a freshman," O'Neill told KTLA. "he's leading our team in steals, he's leading out team in assists."
The bottom line is, it's his dazzling play - not his height - that's getting him noticed. His lightning-quick speed and ball handling skills are sure to make him a fan favorite.
"Early on people said I was too small to do certain stuff," Jones said. "But I just kept playing."
Jones says he hopes to keep his hoop career going after college, whether it's in the NBA or somewhere else.