The Big East conference recognizes Shamorie Ponds, even in a week where the Red Storm had just one game - against a low-level opponent.
Ponds’ 22 points/ seven assist/ four rebound performance over Sacred Heart won him a spot on the Big East Honor Roll alongside four others; Desi Rodriguez, who blew up in two games over ranked foes for the Seton Hall Pirates, was named Big East Player of the Week.
Here is a handy-dandy chart that we will refer to in the future (or re-create ourselves):
Big East Player of the Year Race:#SJUBB— yelley (@yelbeeez) December 4, 2017
1. Kelan Martin
1. Trevon Bluiett
3. Jessie Govan
3. Shamorie Ponds
3. Desi Rodriguez
6. Angel Delgado
6. Jalen Brunson
T-8. Foster, LoVett, Thomas, Cartwright, Howard, Rowsey, Bullock
Big East Player of the Week
Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, F, Sr. – In two wins over ranked opponents away from home, Rodriguez averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In an 89-79 victory over No. 22 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden, Rodriguez scored a game-high 24 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dealt four assists. In a 79-77 win at No. 17 Louisville, the senior scored a season-high 29 points, including the game-winning basket with less than five seconds remaining. He also had eight rebounds and four steals. Rodriguez ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring with a 20.0 average.
Big East Freshman of the Week
Omari Spellman, Villanova, F, Fr. – Spellman earns conference freshman honors for the second time this season after averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week that included victories over Pennsylvania (90-62) and Saint Joseph’s (94-53). He posted his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Saint Joseph’s. Spellman is averaging 9.0 points and 7.4 rebounds for the season.
Big East Honor Roll
Kelan Martin, Butler, F, Sr. Posted 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-45 win against Saint Louis.
Jessie Govan, Georgetown, C, Jr. Averaged 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor in wins over Maine (76-55) and Coppin State (76-60).
Markus Howard, Marquette, G, So. Averaged 25.3 points and shot 55.1 percent from the floor in a 2-1 week. Hit a school-record 11 3-pointers and scored 33 points in a win over Chicago State (95-62)
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, So. Had 22 points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds in a 90-55 victory over Sacred Heart.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, G, Sr. Scored 28 points in an 89-76 win over No. 11 Cincinnati and averaged 19.0 points in a 2-0 week that included a victory over No. 16 Baylor (76-63).