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Shamorie Saequan Ponds (born June 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Raptors 905 of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the St. John's Red Storm.

Shamorie Ponds
Shamorie Ponds.jpg
No. 11 – Toronto Raptors
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-06-29) June 29, 1998 (age 21)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolThomas Jefferson
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeSt. John's (2016–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Undrafted
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentToronto Raptors
2019–presentRaptors 905
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Ponds played high school basketball for Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, where in 2016 he led the team to its first New York City title since 1954. He chose to attend nearby St. John's to play for coach Chris Mullin.[1][2]

College careerEdit

As a freshman, Ponds was one of the top freshmen in the Big East Conference, averaging 17.4 points and averaging 3.3 assists as the starting point guard for the Red Storm. At the close of the season, Ponds was named to the conference all-freshman team.[3]

Following his freshman year, Ponds became a top player in the Big East as a sophomore.[4] Ponds made a national name for himself with standout performances in back to back upset wins over fourth-ranked Duke, top-ranked Villanova,[5] as well as scoring 44 points, a Carnesecca Arena record, against the Marquette Golden Eagles. At the close of the season, Ponds was named first-team All-Big East and won the Haggerty Award as the top college player in the New York City metro area.[6][7]

Following his sophomore season, Ponds declared his eligibility for the 2018 NBA draft. He did not initially hire an agent.[8] He decided to return to St. John’s for his junior season. Ponds averaged 19.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.6 steals in 35.1 minutes per game as a junior. He left St.John's for the NBA after the year.[9]

Professional careerEdit

Toronto Raptors/Raptors 905 (2019–present)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, the Houston Rockets signed Ponds to a contract to play in the 2019 NBA Summer League and take part in training camp.[10] He later had his contract to a two-way deal,[11] a decision which was later reversed.[12] On October 19, 2019, the Rockets released Ponds.[13]

On October 23, 2019, the Toronto Raptors announced they had signed Ponds to a two-way contract. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Raptors and their NBA G League affiliate, the Raptors 905.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 St. John's 33 33 33.6 .439 .375 .823 4.4 3.1 2.1 .2 17.4
2017–18 St. John's 30 30 37.0 .420 .253 .857 5.0 4.7 2.3 .1 21.6
2018–19 St. John's 33 33 35.1 .454 .353 .836 4.1 5.1 2.6 .3 19.7
Career 96 96 35.2 .437 .328 .840 4.5 4.3 2.3 .2 19.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (November 19, 2015). "Shamorie Ponds of Thomas Jefferson HS signs National Letter of Intent with St. John's". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Braziller, Zach (April 14, 2016). "Shamorie Ponds chose St. John's to 'put on a show for my city'". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Braziller, Zach (March 8, 2017). "Why Shamorie Ponds can blame teammate for Big East snub". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Walsh, Peter (November 10, 2017). "Big City Dreams". Slam Magazine. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ O’Donnell, Ricky (February 20, 2018). "How Shamorie Ponds became the basketball king of New York". SB Nation. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Weiner, Rick (March 4, 2018). "Shamorie Ponds named to All Big East First Team". Elitesportsny.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Marcus, Steven (April 25, 2018). "St. John's Shamorie Ponds wins Haggerty Award". Newsday. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Phillips, Scott (March 24, 2018). "St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds entering NBA Draft process without an agent". NBCSports.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  9. ^ DuBose, Ben (October 22, 2019). "Rookie guard Shamorie Ponds joins Raptors on two-way contract". Rookie Wire. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Roster Update: Rockets GM Daryl Morey announced today the team has signed rookie free agent guards Chris Clemons, Shamorie Ponds and William McDowell-White. All three players will represent the Rockets at NBA Summer League 2019, which begins on Friday". Houston Rockets on Twitter. July 4, 2019. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Rookie guards Ponds, McDowell-White land Rockets' two-way deals". Rockets Wire. 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  12. ^ Adams, Luke (September 5, 2019). "Rockets Adjust Contracts For Ponds, McDowell-White". HoopsRumors. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Rockets Waive Ray Spalding, Two Others". Hoops Rumors. October 19, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Raptors Sign Ponds to Two-Way Contract". NBA G League. October 23, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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