Shamorie Ponds Named Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week

Feb. 5, 2018

QUEENS, N.Y. – Just hours after being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, St. John’s sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds collected yet another accolade in his young career being named the Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week, as announced Monday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Ponds averaged 32.0 points shooting 55.8 percent (24-43 FG) from the field, to go with 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 4.0 assists in two games last week versus No. 6/6 Xavier and No. 4/5 Duke. The Brooklyn native’s marquee performance came on Saturday against the Blue Devils, as Ponds led St. John’s to an 81-77 victory at Madison Square Garden after recording 33 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. Most notably, it was Ponds’ clutch 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining that helped push St. John’s over the top in its 23rd all-time meeting with Duke.
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 St. John’s 1,000-point club and just the 10th player in program history to crack the mark in his second season with the Johnnies.
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.




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