At the beginning of the year, one would be hard-pressed to find Shamorie Ponds' name on any of the top prospect lists. However, after a breakout season at Thomas Jefferson High School and continued success on the AAU circuit, the Brooklyn guard is finally receiving the attention he deserves.
Ponds, who now ranks 67th on ESPN top 100 list, finally saw his spectacular play recognized when he was invited to the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp. The camp, which took place this past week, was a gathering of some the best high school players in the country. For three days, Ponds displayed his wide array of basketball skills including an outstanding 22-point performance in the Uprising Showcase game in front of the hometown fans at famed Rucker Park.
Ponds felt "blessed" to be included in a renowned event like this, but believes he still has work to do this summer. He would like to improve his prospect ranking and recognizes that there are areas of his game where he must grow.
"I want to work on areas that will help me at the next level for college. I want to work on my body, my jump shot. my quickness and my defense," Ponds told the Rumble.
The guard has already received offers from St. John's, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and many other high major programs.
St. John's has shown a high level of interest in Ponds and many view them as the favorite to land this young talent. "St. John's is coming at me hard," Ponds said. "They say I am their number one recruit for the class of 2016."
Although Ponds is still uncertain of where he wants to play his college ball, he knows what he is looking for in a program. "I'm looking for a school that will treat me like I am at home. The coach's style of play is important and academics are too."
As Ponds heads into his senior season at Thomas Jefferson high school, many people have already begun to look ahead at the type of player he can be at the next level.
However, this upcoming season, Ponds will be focused on more than just his future in college. After a disappointing loss last season against Jessie Govan and Wings Academy in the PSAL semifinals, his main focus will be on winning a city championship. With Govan graduating and heading to Georgetown, Thomas Jefferson is viewed as one of the favorites to win a city championship. Ponds recognizes this, but knows that the road to a title will not be easy.
"I see us as the favorite, but just because we are the favorite everyone will come out and play us their hardest," Ponds said. It will be captivating watching this exciting talent give it his all one last time at the high school level in pursuit of that elusive city championship.