Shamorie Ponds Named to USBWA All-District Team|
March 6, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. – With the Red Storm gearing up for its BIG EAST Tournament opener tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, Shamorie Ponds has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District Team.
Just two days after being named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, Ponds becomes the first St. John’s player to earn all-district accolades from the USBWA since D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer accomplished the feat in 2014-15.
In 28 appearances during the regular season, Ponds led the conference in scoring with 21.6 points per game while his 606 points over the course of the campaign are just 23 away from tying his mentor, Chris Mullin, for the program’s sophomore scoring record. The Brooklyn native has reached the 30-point plateau six times this season, tied for the most such performances by a St. John’s player since Marcus Hatten eclipsed the mark six times in 2002-03. On Feb. 10, Ponds tied Hatten for the fourth-highest single-game scoring total in school history, putting up 44 points in a home win over Marquette. The sharpshooting lefty broke the single-game Carnesecca Arena/Alumni Hall scoring record with that effort, topping a mark previously set by Malik Sealy (43) on Nov. 24, 1990 against Central Connecticut State.
Far from a one-dimensional talent, Ponds’ 2.5 steals per game paced the conference during regular-season action. In addition, he finished fourth in the league with 4.9 assists per contest while cracking the top 20 in rebounding at 5.1 per outing.
Ponds has been heating up at the right time for the Red Storm, averaging 28.8 points per game since the start of February, a stretch that has seen the team go 5-3. The Johnnies kicked off a four-game winning streak with wins over No. 4/5 Duke and No. 1/1 Villanova, a pair of contests that saw Ponds put up 33 and 26 points, respectively.
St. John’s will kick off play at the BIG EAST Tournament tomorrow night, taking on longtime league rival Georgetown at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on FS1 and can be heard on 570 AM in the New York Metropolitan Area.
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