#42 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 160 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: THOMAS JEFFERSON IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
CHOSE ST. JOHN’S OVER: CREIGHTON, MINNESOTA, PROVIDENCE AMONG OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: RUSS SMITH/FORMER LOUISVILLE STAR
PLAYER SUMMARY: First year head coach Chris Mullin had a very tough first year at the helm of the Red Storm. He didn’t have much talent to work with and it showed on the court. Mullin hit the recruiting trail hard and it has paid off. The former Saint John’s legend and NBA Hall of Famer landed a 3 player class with the Brooklyn born Ponds being the top player in the class. He will get handed the ball from the first day of practice and will instantly become one of St. John’s best players.
The lefty-shooting Ponds is a real smooth player. He played his high school basketball at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, NY, which is a school rich in basketball tradition. The first thing that jumps out on film when watching Ponds is his shooting ability. He has a really nice shooting stroke that extends to the NBA 3-point line. As good as his shooting ability is his ball-handling and passing skills might actually be more advanced. In our opinion, he is one of the top 5 ball-handlers and overall play-makers in the class of 2016. He makes other players around him better, which is a unique and valuable trait to have as a player.
The 18-year old is a very aggressive defender, which is usually the norm with New York City point guards. He is tough and fearless for his height and weight. Even though he is only 6’0″, he has the ability to play both the PG and SG positions, which will label him as a combo guard. Chris Mullin would be wise to use him in this role at times due to his ability to shoot and make plays for his teammates.
It is our believe that if Shamorie Ponds were 2 inches taller he would be a consensus top 20 recruit in the class of 2016. He reminds us a lot of former New York native and Louisville star Russ Smith. We see a lot of similarities in their game. We love the competitiveness of the 160 pound point guard and he is exactly what Saint John’s needs for next season and the foreseeable future.
Although Saint John’s won’t be competing for the Big East Championship next season after coming off an 8-24 season, landing a player with the talent of Shamorie Ponds is a very nice start as Chris Mullin tries to rebuild his Alma mater. Point Guard play in college basketball is crucial and it looks like the Red Storm have that position in good hands with Ponds.
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