Shamorie Ponds Named BIG EAST Player of the Week|
Feb. 5, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Capping off a week of prolific performances with one of the most memorable efforts in the history of St. John's Basketball, Shamorie Ponds has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, it was announced this morning by the league office.
Ponds collects his first career player of the week award after being named the league's freshman of the week award five times last year and earning a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for six-straight weeks earlier this season.
In the Red Storm's two games last week, the Brooklyn native averaged 32.0 points, becoming the first St. John's player since Dwight Hardy in February of 2011 to score 30-plus in back-to-back contests. Ponds played the full 80 minutes for St. John's in those two games, shooting 55.8 percent from the floor (24-for-43) and 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-for-15). He also made nine of his 11 tries from the charity stripe. In addition to his scoring prowess, Ponds also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals, and 4.0 assists while committing just two personal fouls.
The sophomore guard kicked off his week with a stellar performance on Tuesday against No. 6/6 Xavier, scoring 31 points, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out five assists, and swiping a career-high six steals in a closely contested 73-68 loss to the Musketeers at Carnesecca Arena. Despite the losing effort, Ponds became the 51st member of the 1,000-point club at St. John's midway through the second half. Just the 10th player in program history to crack the mark in his second season with the Johnnies, Ponds joined an elite fraternity alongside Chris Mullin, Malik Sealy, D'Angelo Harrison, Bob Zawoluk, Tony Jackson, Walter Berry, Marcus Hatten, Mel Davis, and Bootsy Thornton.
On Saturday at The Garden, Ponds etched his name even further in the lore of St. John's basketball by turning in a 33 point, seven rebound, and four steal effort to lead the Red Storm past No. 4/5 Duke in front of a sellout crowd at "The World's Most Famous Arena." Ponds scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half, as the Johnnies erased a seven-point halftime deficit before climbing ahead by as many as 11 in the latter stanza. After the Blue Devils used a 16-4 run to climb back ahead by one with less than two minutes to play, Ponds scored five-straight for St. John's to help seal the contest, regaining the lead with a driving layup before draining a tightly guarded triple from the wing to put the Johnnies ahead by four with 38 seconds to go.
Ponds and the Red Storm will return to action on Wednesday night, traveling to The City of Brotherly Love for a matchup with No. 1/1 Villanova at The Wells Fargo Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network and 570 AM WMCA.