Ponds is having huge spring

HOUSTON – One of the top scorers in the EYBL is 6-foot-2 guard Shamorie Ponds.

There aren’t many players in the 2016 class that can score the ball as well as Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds. In just his first year playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, he ranks top 10 in scoring with 19.8 points a game.

“I usually play off the ball,” Ponds explained to Scout. “I don’t need the ball to score. I rebound and play the passing lanes for steals and I try to get my teammates involved.”

Despite his high point totals, Ponds isn’t fully happy with how the spring is going.

“I think I’m doing good, but I think I can do much better than what I’m doing,” he said. “I want to win and we aren’t winning right now. I just want to get to Peach Jam.”

Ponds plays both on and off the ball for the NY Lightning and for his high school team, but he has aspirations of moving over to the point guard spot in the future.

Regardless, his quickness, speed, toughness and energy have resulted in scholarship offers from DePaul, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Seton Hall.

To date, Ponds hasn’t take any college visits, but he’s planning to see Minnesota when he’s in Minneapolis for the fourth session of the EYBL.

“I like their play style and I like their coach Kimani Young,” Ponds said. “I grew up with him.”


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