SHAMORIE PONDS 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: ST. JOHN’S
WEIGHT: 175 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: SECOND ROUND
- Combo guard who can impact the game both as a scorer and facilitator
- Strong burst off the dribble, knowing how to vary his speeds
- Aggressive scoring mentality with a variety of moves when finishing around the rim
- Fearless shooter with great confidence in his ability to get off a shot from difficult angles
- Pesky on-ball defender who makes up for his lack of size with determined demeanor
- Will be knocked by NBA scouts due to his lack of height; rumored to be 6’0 without shoes, with a wingspan of only 6’2
- Lack of bulk will be a major question for him when attacking big men at the next level, or guarding guys one-on-one at the next level
- Primary instinct is as a scorer, sometimes to his own detriment; potential to play an ill-advised “hero ball’ style at times.
- Overly dependent on his left hand, has struggled when forced to go right
- Shot selection can border on reckless; loves to launch three-point shots, despite shooting only 25.3% this season from behind the arc
Junior Shamorie Ponds from St. John’s University was head coach Chris Mullins first recruit. A consensus 4-star prospect, Ponds had a stellar high school career at Thomas Jefferson high school in Brooklyn, NY. Much was expected of the point guard and he hasn’t disappointed since he first stepped foot on campus.
The junior is coming off a season where he was named First Team All-Big East, after finishing in 8th place on the school’s single-season scoring list after scoring 647 points. Ironically, Ponds has the skill-set you ultimately want to see from an NBA prospect, only after they’ve been in the league for a few years. Ponds is able to put the ball through the hoop thanks to a high basketball IQ, polished moves that he’s developed, and an improved jump-shot. However, he lacks the pure, raw athleticism and explosion that the NBA types usually want to see from draft picks.
Sure, he has plenty to learn from where he is now to where he could be, especially when it comes to focusing more on running the offense versus looking for his shot, not being so quick to launch a high degree of difficulty shot, and not gambling so much on defense. But from an intangibles standpoint, Ponds is the type of player you want to have on your team — a guy who won’t shy away from the moment, and is completely comfortable being on the floor when the lights shine the brightest.
Shamorie Ponds is having an All-American type of season for a very much improved Saint John’s team. While he has 1 year of eligibility remaining, there are heavy rumors of him declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. While we don’t believe he would be a late first round pick, the Ponds will get drafted. He has the talent to eventually develop in a reliable back-up NBA point guard.
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