St. John's sophomore Shamorie Ponds earned Big East Honor Roll honors this week, after two games where he combined for 43 points, 16 rebounds (13 on the defensive end), and five steals.
In this period, as Johnny Nation points out, Ponds has actually struggled from outside the arc - something we will take a longer look at when we wrap up the month of November.
Through 3 games, Shamorie Ponds is 3-19 (.158%) from three point range, but is leading the team in scoring with 18.3 PPG. This shows his versatility; he’s 15-24 (.625) from two point range and 16-19 (.842) at the free throw line #SJUBB— Johnny Nation (@JohnnyNationSJU) November 20, 2017
But Ponds - who went 1/10 from outside the arc in the two games last week - still snaked inside the arc for points, shooting 67% (12/18 shooting) and drawing 19 free throw attempts.
The touch will hopefully return, though in Big East play last year, he also struggled with the outside shot, but whether he’s scorching the nets or not from distance, Ponds is leading the squad with hard-fought buckets.
From the Big East, the full men’s basketball awards:
Big East Player of the Week
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Sr. – Bluiett averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week that included an 80-70 win at Wisconsin.
Big East Freshman of the Week
Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton, G, Fr.
Big East Honor Roll
Khyri Thomas, Creighton, G, Jr.
Had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 92-88 victory at No. 20 Northwestern. Made 9-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line.
Jessie Govan, Georgetown, C, Jr.
Averaged 21.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field in a 2-0 week.
Kyron Cartwright, Providence, G, Sr.
Was named MVP of the 2K Classic after helping the Friars beat Washington (77-70) and Saint Louis (90-63). Averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a 2-1 week.
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, So.
Averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week. Had 22 points, seven boards and five assists in a win over Nebraska (79-56).
Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, F, Sr.
Averaged 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot 60 percent from the field in a 2-0 week. Had a game-high 23 points in a win over Indiana (84-68).