USC’s Maurice Jones to miss season

Southern California guard Maurice Jones will miss the upcoming basketball season because of academic reasons but will return for his senior season in 2013-14.

Coach Kevin O’Neill said Saturday night that Jones ”has been nothing short of magnificent for us for two years” and that he wants him to graduate from USC.

Jones started 57 of 66 games during his first two seasons with the Trojans, averaging 11.4 points. Last season, he led the team with 13.0 points, and was tops in assists, steals and 3-pointers made. He scored in double figures in 23 of 32 games.