SHAMORIE PONDS

2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT (SHAMORIE PONDS)

SHAMORIE PONDS

2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

SHAMORIE PONDS

SHAMORIE PONDS 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report

COLLEGE: ST. JOHN’S

HEIGHT: 6’1″

WEIGHT: 175 POUNDS

POSITION: POINT GUARD

CLASS: JUNIOR

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION:    SECOND ROUND

 

SCOUTING REPORT

 

STRENGTHS

  • 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

 

WEAKNESSES

  • 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


ANALYSIS

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.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SHAMORIE PONDS

QUESTIONS FOR THE READER:

What do you think of Shamorie Ponds as an NBA prospect?

What current college point guard would you take to run a team over him?

Please leave all comments in the section below for future discussions. 

4 thoughts on “2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT (SHAMORIE PONDS)”

  1. Vicki says:

    I think maybe Shamorie needs more time to develop more before going up a level and this post you have shared is so great as it explains the good, bad and the ugly of this player.

    What are your thoughts? Do you think he is a big time player. I’m not sure I do

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hi Vicki,

      You make some excellent points. I believe Shamorie Ponds is an excellent college player. However, I agree with you about how well he will do at the NBA level. He is on the smallish and light side. This will limit how much NBA teams will value him. I think he would be better off staying for all 4 years but rumors are he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft. Excellent question!

      Thanks,

      Rob

  2. Kevin says:

    Shamorie Ponds would gain little or nothing by staying atcStcJohns for his senior year. He has shown he can hit big shots in big moments, he can film passing lanes on D and has gotten better at running a team. He is on course to graduate after only three years in college.he will be a secind round draft pick and he will be playing in NBA arenas near you next year

    1. admin says:

      Hi Kevin,
      You make some very good points. I didn’t know he was set to graduate this year. I agree that he will be a 2nd round pick and eventually become a spark-plug off the bench. He is one of my favorite college players in the last few seasons.

      Thanks,
      Rob

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