Fontan Enrolls At USC And Will Join The Men's Basketball Team

Jan. 11, 2010

Guard Jio Fontan, a transfer from Fordham, has enrolled at USC and will be available to compete for the men's basketball team following the first semester of the 2010-11 season.

'We are really excited to have Jio here with us,' said USC head coach Kevin O'Neill. 'We think he will be a great asset for us on and off the court. I'm really looking forward to working with him everyday.'

Fontan played in five games for Fordham this season, averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists. As a freshman in 2008-09, Fontan was named the Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year as he averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. He appeared in 28 games, including making 27 starts, and led the Rams in scoring and assists. He scored in double figures 24 times, including 16 of the final 17 games with a career-high of 25 points in a 67-65 win at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 28, 2009. He matched that total in his first game this season vs. Maine on Nov. 13, 2009.

Fontan graduated from St. Anthony's HS in Jersey City, N.J. where he lettered for three years under legendary head coach Bob Hurley. Fontan helped lead St. Anthony's to a perfect 32-0 record in 2007-08 and the number one national ranking in both the USA Today Super 25 and the ESPN High Elite 25 polls. Fontan was ranked as the No. 13 point guard recruit in the nation by Scout.com for the 2008 class. Fontan was also a four-year honor roll student at St. Anthony's HS.

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