Jio Fontan is eager to play in the island (Exclusive Interview)
For those who do not know Jio Fontan, He is a point guard that is considered one of the best Puerto Rican prospect in college basketball. His career started in St. Anthony High School in New Jersey where he was positioned # 13 point guard in America by Scout for the class of 2008. Fontan played for the U19 world, leading PR as # 1 in the line of assists per game in the world. The talented guard commited to the Rams of Fordham University to play college basketball. In his rookie year with the Rams, he averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game and was ranked # 10 among the top rookie scorers in the nation. Fontan only played two years with the Rams, then transferred to the Trojans of University of Southern California. In his third year of college basketball with the Trojans, he averaged 10.5 points and 3.9ast per game. In his senior year, the hoopster could not be compete becuase of an injury to a ligament during an exhibition game in Brazil that disabled him to play the season. Currently in his senior year, he is averaging 9.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in 32.7 minutes per contest. Jio Fontan shared some words with BEEB.
(BEEB) 1. Who is Jio Fontan and could you talk about your size, position, abilities and more?
(JF) I’m a 6’1 true point guard that looks to get in the lane and create for his teammates, defends and has a winning attitude
(BEEB) 2. Why did you transfer from Fordham to USC?
(JF) I just didn’t like the direction the program was going. Met a lot of great new friend and even shared time there with some old friends but it was best for me to move on.
(BEEB) 3. What are your expectations for this season?
(JF) Play extremely hard help my teammates get better, personally continue to improve everyday and enjoy my last year or college.
(BEEB) 4. Has the injury you had last season, affected your game and your shooting percentage this season?
(JF) The time off cause of the injury had an effect. Anytime you take a year off from playing it’s a process coming back. But I’m glad about.
(BEEB) 5. Where your Puerto Rican roots come from ?
(JF) My mother, her father was born and raised in Bayamon.
(BEEB) 6. Have you play for Puerto Rico?
(JF) Yea I played in the world games U19.
(BEEB) 7. How was the experience?
(JF) Experience was great got to live in PR for a couple months, get a real of the life on the island travel and play with guys who cared about you. About the island overall great experience.
(BEEB) 8. Did you listed in the draft to play in Puerto Rico BSN league?
(JF) Yea I have entered the seat excited to see where I end up Wednesday hopefully a team that’s the most interested in me. I’ve been getting a lot of emails from fans of teams all over the league so it’s exciting.
(BEEB) 9. Do you expect to play?
(JF) I expect to.
(BEEB) 10. What is your strongest skill in basketball?
(JF) Best skill being a playmaker getting my team involved and defending.
(BEEB) 11. What skills you need to improve in basketball?
(JF) Always want to become more of a student of the game then I am already. As well as continuing to improve my shot could be too good at that.
(BEEB) 12. What do you want for your future?
(JF) Great opportunities. Chance to take care of my family and make life as great as possible for my sister and brother
(BEEB) 13. Who is your favorite player in basketball? Who is your favorite team?
Carmelo, no favorite team.
(BEEB) 14. Some words for the Boricua En El Basket fans?
Thank you for everything I’m looking forward to playing in Puerto Rico and experiencing my new chapter of life there.
Interview by: Jose Castro / https://twitter.com/castroj1pr
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