Former Fordham Ram enjoying some success at USC

Jio getting comfortable with his Trojans. Photo courtsey of Daily News

Former Atlantic 10 rookie of the year and Fordham Ram, Jio Fontan, is enjoying his time at Southern California. Since gaining eligibility after the fall semester, he has played two top 25 teams. In his first game against #3 Kansas, the Jayhawks beat the Trojans on the final shot by a score of 70-68.  Last night against the #18 Tennessee Volunteers, he led them to victory 75-72. He is now averaging 14 points and 3 assists on the season but USC and Head Coach Kevin O’Neil think they have a star and a leader here. I was reading an article on ESPN Los Angeles this week and it mentions how much Jio means to this team. To read the full article, CLICK HERE. Coach O’Neil went into more detail when talking about Fontan’s presence on the team:

Says O’Neill, in no uncertain terms: “He’s our best player. He’s our best leader. He’s our best scorer. He’s our best defender. He’s our best passer. He’s our best guard. He’s our best player.”

…This quote by Kevin O’Neil made my eyes open wide. At Fordham, he was the best player because the players around him were not up to the level of his game. But in a Pac-10 school like USC, he is the best player? I thought it would be the opposite. Watching him play on television, I see the growth and maturity he has gotten from transferring to USC. I have seen a new man out there playing this season with a lot more passion and with a will to win. He needed a new scenery and that has helped him a lot. I think he can be a star at USC and I think in the coming months he will show why he can lead this team to greatness. The one aspect of his game he needs to change is his turnovers. At Fordham and in the early going, he would throw the ball away more than get a great assist. If he can do that, he can potentially be Pac-10 player of the year. At least when he is on the floor, his teammates play like champions…

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