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"Mo-Mo" Jones Commits, and More on the 2009 Hoops Recruiting Class
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment on Wednesday from 2009 point guard Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones. Jones is currently the starting point guard for Oak Hill Academy, and he is a native of New York City.

Jones originally committed to Louisville, but opened up his recruitment back in February. His new list was filled with Big East schools, but a new school got into the running when he arrived at Oak Hill for this season: Virginia Tech. Seth Greenberg began recruiting Jones shortly after his arrival at Oak Hill, and was able to secure his commitment just a few months later.

Jones is a combo guard who is at Oak Hill to improve his point guard skills. He is a natural scorer who is a decent shooter, but a better driver and slasher. He claims offers from Memphis, Charlotte, Providence, Seton Hall, USC, St. John's and Georgetown.

"Mo-Mo" is enjoying a successful season at Oak Hill thus far. He is averaging 14 points and 5.6 assists per game. He is averaging 24 minutes per game, and he's scored in double figures in six of Oak Hill's eight games.

Jones is expected to contribute right away next season.

"He won't have a large transition as a freshman," Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith said. "Most freshmen have a little bit of a transition, but I think Mo-Mo is a guy who can come in and help them right away."


More on Tech's 2009 Basketball Recruiting Class

Last week, the men's basketball program signed four players to letters of intent. Assuming Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones signs in April, this will be a recruiting class of five players, just one year after Tech signed six freshmen.

At this point, Virginia Tech's scholarship roster next season would look like this.

2009-10 Men's Basketball Roster
Name Position Year

Lewis Witcher

F Sr.

Terrance Vinson

F r-Sr.

Jeff Allen

F Jr.

Terrell Bell

G/F Jr.

Dorenzo Hudson

G Jr.

Hank Thorns

G Jr.

Malcolm Delaney

G Jr.

J.T. Thompson

F Jr.

Victor Davila

F So.

Gene Swindle

C r-Fr.

Ben Boggs

G Fr.

Erick Green

G Fr.

Manny Atkins

F Fr.

Cadarian Raines

F Fr.

Mo-Mo Jones*

G Fr.

* denotes unsigned commitment


That looks like a solid roster, but there's just one problem: 15 scholarship players are on that list. NCAA rules permit each team to have just 13 scholarship players for each season. For VT to be within the scholarship limit, two of the names in the table above will have to disappear before the start of next season.

Don't get worried about how the Hokies are going to have enough room for all the players in this class. Let's go back to the 2005 class. Anyone signed in 2005 would be a senior this year (or a r-Jr.), like Terrance Vinson. Since 2005, Greenberg has signed 18 players, five over the limit. Out of those 18 players, six either never made it to Virginia Tech, or they departed before their career was over. They are: Hyman Taylor, Nigel Munson, Tyrone Appleton, Darrion Pellum, Gus Gilchrist and Kendall Durant.

In short, there is always enough room. Never turn away a quality prospect when he wants to be a part of your program. The scholarship number will sort itself out. The Hokies badly need a guard like "Mo-Mo" Jones. Jones can penetrate and score, he can spot up and hit the open jumper, and he is the type of competitor that Seth Greenberg likes.


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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week

ACC Weekend Football Preview: Week 13

November 21, 2008
The ACC is a jumbled mess right now. Four teams are still in contention for the Atlantic Division crown, while five teams still have aspirations of representing the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game. However, there are three teams that control their own destiny: Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech.
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Mo-Mo Jones an Impact Player
November 20, 2008
Virginia Tech's fifth recruit of the 2009 recruiting class certainly has experience playing for high profile programs. Lamont "Mo-Mo" Jones has played for Rice High School in New York, American Christian (Aston, PA) and now Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA). It is this experience, coupled with ability, of course, that may enable Jones to be an immediate contributor for the Hokies in 2009.
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Vassallo Leads Tech Past Fairfield in Puerto Rico
November 20, 2008
A.D. Vassallo made a big splash in his return to his home, scoring 24 points as Virginia Tech knocked off Fairfield 74-57 in the quarterfinals of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Hokies are now 3-0 on the season, and they'll play Xavier tomorrow.
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Star OL to Visit VT
November 20, 2008
At 6-7, 315 pounds, Bertie (Windsor, N.C.) star senior Travis Bond shouldn't be hard to spot when he attends Virginia Tech's home football game against Duke this weekend. The offensive tackle/defensive lineman prospect plans to be in Blacksburg on an official visit, which will be his first ever experience at Virginia Tech.
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Reports: Oak Hill Guard Verbals to VT
November 19, 2008
Multiple sources, including an article on Scout.com, are reporting that Virginia Tech has gained a verbal commitment from 5-11, 180-pound guard Lamont "Mo Mo" Jones, a senior out of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Jones, who is expected to sign in the spring, is Virginia Tech's fifth recruit of the 2009 recruiting class.
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Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Duke
November 19, 2008
Virginia Tech returns home to face Duke in the second and final night game of the year in Lane Stadium. The Hokies need a win to get back on track before facing in-state rival Virginia. Meanwhile, Duke needs two wins to become bowl eligible, so VT will get the Devils' best shot.
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Basketball Preview: Puerto Rico Tip-Off
November 19, 2008
After a 2-0 start in Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech is now in San Juan getting ready for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The field is very challenging, featuring two Top 25 teams, including last year's national runner-up, Memphis. Traditional basketball schools such as Missouri, Xavier and Seton Hall are also showing up. This has the potential to be one of the best tournaments of the season.
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TSL Poll: Should Virginia Tech Offer Bud Foster a Head-Coach-in-Waiting Deal?
November 19, 2008
With the news that Texas is the latest school to offer a head-coach-in-waiting deal to an assistant coach, the topic was brought up on the Hokie Hotline radio show last night, and was talked about openly. Specifically, host Bill Roth discussed a similar deal with Bud Foster, Jim Weaver and Frank Beamer. Now we ask you: Do you think Virginia Tech should offer a deal like that to Bud Foster?
To vote, head over to our blog section by clicking here. Anyone can vote, so tell us your opinion!
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TSL Audio: The Jerry Miller Show, 11/18/08
November 19, 2008
On yesterday's show, Chris and Jerry talked about the hot topic: Bud Foster and the Clemson head coaching job. They also reviewed the Miami game (WMA format, approx. 2.3 MB, approx. 10 minutes long).
The Jerry Miller Show appears on The Sports Addict Radio Network every afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm in Blacksburg (1430 AM), Charlottesville (840 AM), and Bluefield (1050 AM), and from 2:00-4:00 in Martinsville (1160 AM).
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Bolling Earns VT Offer
November 19, 2008
Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) offensive lineman Devin Bolling knew something was up yesterday. He said his friend and teammate, Logan Thomas, was "smiling all day long." He could tell the coaches knew something. He was right, and yesterday afternoon he was clued in that Virginia Tech had offered a full scholarship.
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Hokie Hotline Notes for 11/18/08
November 19, 2008
The Hotline was Tuesday night this week, instead of Monday night. Guests were defensive coordinator Bud Foster, athletic director Jim Weaver, and head football coach Frank Beamer. The show got interesting, as all three men answered questions regarding the possibility of a Bud Foster head-coach-in-waiting deal.
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Miami Game Analysis: Offense Takes a Step Back
November 18, 2008
Now that it has been a few days, it's easier to analyze this game without the emotion and frustration getting in the way. On the one hand, it was a game where all the breaks and funny bounces went in favor of the Hurricanes. On the other hand, it was a game where a disturbing trend of offensive futility returned in a dismal second half performance by the Hokies. Either way it was a gut-wrenching loss for a Virginia Tech team that is no longer in control of its own destiny. In order to get back into the Coastal race, the Hokies now have to depend on the ACC's "other Tech" to take care of business with the hated Canes.
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Deep Run Notes: Jr. OL Garnering Attention
November 18, 2008
Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) turned in a fantastic 2008 season with nine wins to just one loss, led by top senior prospects Antone Exum, Jordan Love and Jake Snyder. Head coach Greg Kendall would have a tough time finding three prospects as talented as those three in next year's class, but he knows he has at least one likely 1A recruit.
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Clutch Free Throw Shooting Leads Tech Past Mount St. Mary's
November 18, 2008
Virginia Tech struggled again offensively, but a late game rally and some clutch free throw shooting by Malcolm Delaney gave the Hokies a 62-57 win over Mount St. Mary's on Monday night. Tech is 2-0 on the season, and they'll now travel to San Juan to take part in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-off.
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Monday Thoughts: Miami
November 17, 2008
I felt very good heading into this one. I liked the matchup of VT's newly rejuvenated (or so I thought) offensive line against Miami's defensive line, and I really liked the matchup of Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster against Miami's rotating freshman quarterbacks. Alas, Miami's offense refused to play into Bud's hands, and VT's offensive line put in a putrid performance. Combine that with some curious offensive game-planning and play calling, and it added up to a Hokie loss ... remarkably, by just two points.
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Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Mount. St. Mary's
November 17, 2008
Virginia Tech will have another early season challenge on their hands on Monday night when Mount St. Mary's comes to town. The Mountaineers were in the NCAA tournament last season, and they are the preseason pick to win the Northeast Conference again this year.
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Around the ACC: Week 12
November 17, 2008
This week, we'll break down the Coastal Division tiebreaker scenarios. Yes, the Hokies still have a chance to make it to Tampa. However, VT must win out, and Georgia Tech must beat Miami on Thursday night.
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Granby's Clark Focused on Virginia Tech
November 17, 2008
Granby (Norfolk, VA) did not make the playoffs, so the high school football career of Telvion Clark is finished. The 6-1, 208-pound linebacker has not wasted any time in preparing for his future at Virginia Tech, though, working out and getting ready for indoor track season. Clark may do one more thing as well in hopes that it would help him on the next level.
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Hokies Edge Gardner-Webb 65-62
November 14, 2008
Virginia Tech ran out of gas over the final 10 minutes of the game, and a comfortable lead turned into a narrow 65-62 win over Gardner-Webb on Friday night. The Hokies are now 1-0 on the season, and they look forward to a Monday night matchup with Mount St. Mary's.
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