Feb. 6, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. – After being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week and the Citizen Naismith National Player of the Week, Shamorie Ponds collected another accolade on Tuesday for his prolific performances against No. 6/6 Xavier and No. 4/5 Duke as he was named the Player of the Week by Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA).
In a pair of games against nationally-ranked opponents, Ponds averaged 32.0 points shooting 55.8 percent (24-43 FG) from the field, 46.7 percent (7-13 3FG) from distance and 81.8 percent (9-11 FT) at the free-throw line. The Brooklyn native’s back-to-back 30-point performances against the Musketeers and Blue Devils marked the first by a St. John’s player since Dwight Hardy in February of 2011.
Ponds began his memorable week by scoring 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting versus Xavier on Tuesday at Carnesecca Arena. He also recorded five rebounds, five assists and a career-high six steals in the five-point setback to the Musketeers. Despite the loss, Ponds also engraved his name in the St. John’s record book, as he became the 51st player in program history to score 1,000 career points and just the 10th to do it in his second season.
On Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Ponds led St. John’s to its first win over a top-5 team since 2011 by scoring a game-high 33 points and hitting four 3-pointers to upend Duke, 81-77. He also stuffed the stat sheet with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists against the Blue Devils.
St. John’s returns to action on Wednesday in Philadelphia against No. 1/1 Villanova. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.