In his third year on St. John’s University basketball team, point guard Shamorie Ponds has been turning heads with his stellar play.
Through nine games, Ponds is averaging an impressive team-best 21.6 points, has dished out 44 assists, and has 25 steals, leading the Red Storm to a perfect 9-0 record to start the season.
It’s St. John’s best start since the 1994-95 campaign and Ponds, who played high school hoops at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, is a huge reason why its been performing so well, even though its schedule has been on the soft side.
Nevertheless, Ponds guided the Red Storm to the Legends Classic title at Barclays Center with back-to-back wins over Cal and VCU. It was St. John’s first victory at a November tournament since the 2010 Great Alaska Shootout. The Brooklyn native’s 67 points broke the previous two-contest Legends Classic record of 52 set by Texas’ AJ Abrams during the inaugural event in 2007.
Furthermore, Ponds’ standout performance came in front of several NBA scouts, according to media reports.
In addition, Ponds has been named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll three times this year.
Now the question is: will he stay in Queens beyond his junior year?
Ponds declared for the 2018-19 NBA draft, but returned to the team for this season in order to improve his overall game. It was widely believed that he would’ve been a second round selection, but that wouldn’t have been enough to keep the six-foot-one, 180-pounder from retuning to St. John’s, according to multiple media outlets.
However, in my opinion, with the way Ponds is playing, baring any injuries, it’s likely that his draft stock will continue to rise, and he could get drafted in the first round next year.
Yes, it would be a big blow for an on-the-rise Red Storm hoops program, but good for Ponds, who said he’s wanted to be a NBA player since he was a kid.
Get ready for that dream to turn into a reality in due course, Shamorie Ponds.