Ponds Selected to All-Big East First Team

Jamaica, NY—The regular season for the Big East Conference and the St. John’s Red Storm have come to a conclusion for the 2017-18 season, which means the final accolades have been released, and to no surprise, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds is on the list, to add to his personal accolades to his career year.

The Brooklyn native averaged 21.6 points per game in 28 appearances this season, became the first Red Storm player since D’Angelo Harrison in 2015, and the 16th player all time to earn a spot on the conference’s top team. In total, 22 Red Storm players have been named to the Big East first team list since 1980.

While missing three contests that included two road games at Seton Hall and Providence, Ponds is on the cusp of breaking his coach, Chris Mullin’s scoring record throughout his sophomore season. Shamorie will be attempting to catch Mullin, as he is only 23 points away from surpassing the NBA Hall of Famer and would be the 10th highest point total in program history (629)

Within the last month, Ponds has earned recognition from local and national outlets that included being named to Andy Katz’s National Player of the Week on ncaa.com after the two upset victories over Villanova and Duke roughly a month ago. He also scored 44 points against Marquette, which broke a Carnesecca Arena/Alumni Hall record. Shamorie Ponds was also named as Big East Player of the Week twice, along with being named to the conference’s honor roll seven times throughout his sophomore campaign.

Catch Ponds, Simon, and the rest of the St. John’s Red Storm take on #8 Georgetown Hoyas in their third contest between the two this season, on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm. The game can be heard on WSJU St. John’s University Radio Network.

Joseph Jarzynka