Shamorie Ponds makes the Big East Honor roll once more, feasting on the free throw line against Iona, generating steals, and continuing to lead the Johnnies - as his teammates step their game up during Marcus LoVett’s absence.
St. John’s only has one game left before conference play, while most of the Big East teams have two games. Will an extra game mean a second chance for another player to impress those who pick the Big East honors? Or will Ponds keep his streak going?
Big East Player of the Week
Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, Jr. – Brunson scored a career-high 31 points in the win at Temple. He made 11-of-16 shots from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. Brunson also found time to grab six rebounds and dish five assists. He did not commit a turnover in 38 minutes of play. For the season, Brunson is averaging 18.5 points and 4.8 assists. His 3-point shooting mark of 53.5 percent and his assist/turnover ratio of +4.1 lead the BIG EAST.
Big East Freshman of the Week
Omari Spellman, Villanova, F, Fr. – Spellman notched a collegiate scoring high with 27 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds in only 28 minutes of playing time in the victory at Temple. He shot 11-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. For the season, Spellman is averaging 10.6 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds. He has earned conference freshman honors three times this season.
Big East Honor Roll
Max Strus, DePaul, G, Jr. Averaged 23.5 points while shooting 16-of-29 (.552) from the field and 8-of-18 (.444) from 3-point range in a 1-1 week.
Jessie Govan, Georgetown, C, Jr. Posted 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in an 86-79 overtime loss to Syracuse.
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, So. Had 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half of a 69-59 win over Iona. Had five rebounds and four steals.
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, C, Sr. Averaged 12.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Sr. Scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half rally that overcame a 22-point deficit.