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St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Marcus LoVett win All-Met honors

Local awards for the emergent frosh duo from St. John’s

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An award-winning duo
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The Metropolitan basketball Writers Association has published their all-region awards, honoring the best of the New York City area (which extends northeast to Fairfield, CT and west into New Jersey, and St. John's has two players who earned honors.

Freshman Shamorie Ponds, who averaged 17 points per game and set the freshman scoring record at St. John's, earned the all-Met rookie of the Year award - last earned by a St. John's player when JaKarr Sampson won in 2013. Ponds is also a member of the All-Met First Team.

Marcus LoVett, the point guard and fellow fellow freshman, earned a spot on the All-Met Second Team, averaging 16 points and nearly four assists per game.

The award presentation will be on Wednesday night at the awards dinner, along with the Haggerty Award for the Player of the Year.

Seton Hall had three players land on the First or Second team - Khadeen Carrington (First), Angel Delgado (First) and Desi Rodriguez (Second); Rutgers had one player, Corey Sanders, who earned a nod (Second Team). Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard won the award for Peter Carlesimo Coach of the Year.

Full awards are viewable here.