2 - Shamorie Ponds

St. Johns 

  • Birthday: 6/29/98
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-1
  • Wt: 180
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • High School: Thomas Jefferson
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NBA Comparison: Darius Washington

Strengths: A crafty scorer with a soft touch at the rim … Excellent free throw shooter (83.6%) … His assist-to-turnover ratio has improved each year in his three seasons playing for St. Johns … Has the ability to take over any game and is a unstoppable scorer when hot … A pesky on-ball defender, evidenced by his 2.6 steals per game as a junior … Despite his 6’1’’ frame, he has a nose for the ball off the glass … Recorded five games with seven or more rebounds this season … Possesses an exceptional burst of the dribble, knowing how to vary his speeds … Confident in his ability to get his shot off from challenging angles … Will impress teams with his determined demeanor and aggressive scoring mentality …

Weaknesses: One of the biggest concerns that NBA scouts have with Ponds is his lack of size … Undersized defensively and his lack of bulk is a question for him when guarding bigger athletes … Tends to have lapses on the defensive end … Must improve his playmaking abilities in order to establish a spot in the league … Very dependent on his left hand and struggles when forced to go right … Tends to make careless decisions when he attempts to play ‘hero ball’ … Shot selection can be reckless at times … Must improve his defensive IQ and become more creative with carving up defenses … Needs to become more focused on running the offense than looking for his shot ...

Outlook: Ponds is an agile, skilled player who does not shy away from big moments … Has the talent to be a backup point guard in the NBA … In a short handed point guard class, Ponds has the potential to be a second round draft pick, but may go undrafted …

Notes: Measured 5' 11.5'' barefoot, 6' 0.5'' in shoes, 180.0 lbs, 6' 3.5'' wingspan, 8' 0.5'' standing reach at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine ... Led the Red Storm in scoring (19.7 ppg) and assists (5.1 ppg) this season … Ranked first in steals at and second in assists in the Big East his junior year … Named to the 2019 All-Big East first team … Set the St. John's freshman scoring record with 573 points … As a sophomore, he scored a career-high 44 points to lead his team to a win over Marquette …

Kailey Jackson 5/24/19

Strengths: Very quick, explosive first step … Terrific strong-hand (left) finishing ability … Can create his own shot with ease … Solid 3-point shooter (33% through college, only 25% his sophomore year though) … Quality FT shooter (84%) … Has active hands and a nose for the ball on defense (2.3 steals per game)… Pretty good passer … Excellent ballhandler, can stop on a dime … Good speed and good transition player … Heats up very quickly and can put points on the board … Has quick feet and is a decent defender …

Weaknesses: Small for the NBA at 6’1… Needs the ball in his hands a lot… Ball movement often stops with him as he's more of a score first minded PG. His assist numbers are likely a result of his ball-dominant nature … Rarely finishes with his right (could be because he can almost always get to his left, but possibly is not comfortable with his right) … Can be inconsistent at times, when he can’t create for himself, he seems to disappear … His height does not help his defense … Focus and maturity have improved with three years in college but still a question mark for the next level ...

Outlook: Ponds had a great start to his junior year at St. John’s, but he fell off a bit down the stretch ... He is a dynamic playmaker, a solid 3-point shooter and an explosive athlete who could see his name being called in the late second round but will likely end up going undrafted ... Ponds can score the basketball as well as almost anyone in this draft, but teams know what they’re getting from him and are unlikely to go for an undersized guard until after the draft.

Notes: Measured 6’0’’ in shoes, with a 6’2’’ wingspan and 160 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ... Measured 6'0 without shoes, 6'1 with shoes, 175 lbs, with a 6'3 wingspan and 7'11 standing reach at the June 2017 USA U19 tryouts ... From Brooklyn, NY, Ponds is 6’1 and 175 pounds. A former four-star recruit, Ponds was freshman all-Big East and then first team all-Big East during his sophomore and junior years. He averaged 29 points 8 rebounds and 6 assists as a senior at Thomas Jefferson HS.

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