Keep it Coming for Ponds and the Awards

Jamaica, NY—As if Big East Player of the Week, and being named to Andy Katz’s “National Player of the Week” award wasn’t enough for Shamorie Ponds, add another award to his young, and bright career, as he was named to the United States Basketball Writers National Player of the Week and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association All-Met Player of the Week.

The Brooklyn native has averaged 35.0 points per game in a pair of upset victories over the Duke Blue Devils along with the Villanova Wildcats, just last week. Those two victories weren't enough for Shamorie Ponds and the Red Storm, as they exploded onto the scene back on campus, as Ponds dropped 44 points on the Marquette Golden Eagles for the team’s third straight win in four tries.

FACTS FROM MEDIA GUIDE: The victory over the Villanova Wildcats, who were the top ranked team at the time of defeat, was the first time the Red Storm took down the nations top opponent since January 26th, 1985 when then player Chris Mullin laid down 20 points and beat his counterpart Patrick Ewing 66-65. The victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles had impact on the star from Brooklyn in Shamorie Ponds, as his 44 point performance set a new Carnesecca Arena/Alumni Hall record in most points scored by an individual from the home team. The previous record was held by Malik Sealy set on November 24th, 1990 vs. Central Connecticut State.

In the previous four games the Red Storm have played, Shamorie Ponds is averaging 33.5 points per game with three games that have Ponds dropping at least 30 or more.

Joseph Jarzynka