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St. John’s Ponds, Bailey, Kebbe receive Big East honors

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St. John’s men still aren’t ranked. The women get two on the Big East honor roll.

Wendell Cruz

No, St. John’s men are not ranked, despite being 10-0. But with the 29th highest vote total in the AP Poll, the Johnnies are inching closer and closer to being ranked (and are currently slotted ahead of Villanova, which fell out of the poll and down to 30th after last week’s loss to local rival, Penn from the Ivy League).

Marquette is the highest ranked Big East team, at 20.

But both the men’s and women’s sides saw a player added to the Big East Honor roll.

For the men, Shamorie Ponds landed on the league’s top six performers this week. For the women, Kadaja Bailey was the Freshman of the Week. She was joined by point guard Alisha Kebbe, who made the women’s top six performers. The two women helped the Red Storm improve to 7-3.

On the women’s side, Villanova guard Kelly Jekot was the Player of the Week. She was joined by Jaylyn Agnew (Creighton), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Na’Teshia Owens (Xavier), Chanell Williams (Providence) and Alisha Kebbe of St. John’s.

On the men’s side, DePaul guard Max Strus was Player of the Week. He was joined by Big East Freshman of the Week Marcus Zegarowski, and the five-player group of honorees, Mitch Ballock (Creighton), Maliek White (Providence), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Quentin Goodin (Xavier) and Shamorie Ponds.