NBPA Top 100: Shamorie Ponds

College coaches are taking a close look at high scoring 2016 PG Shamorie Ponds.

Four-star combo guard Shamorie Ponds really exploded onto the scene this spring. As one of the top scorers in the entire Nike EYBL, Ponds picked up many scholarship offers, and was invited to the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

“I would say I played good this spring,” said Ponds. “I know that I could have been better. I am just trying to get better for the next level and be someone who can play against the best players in the country.”

He continued, “I am working on getting stronger. I know I need to do that to be ready for the next level.”

Recruiting wise Ponds has picked up a lot of interest, and has a significant amount of schools on his list.

“I have heard from St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Minnesota, Temple, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Miami, and a few others,” said Ponds.

He continued about his recruitment, “A month ago I took an unofficial visit to St. John’s, and I have been to Temple. I was trying to go to Minnesota when we were up there for the EYBL, but I didn’t have time.”

Since taking over and getting his staff in place, Chris Mullin has made sure to show significant interest in the top talent in the New York City area.

About his St. John’s trip, Ponds said, “I like Coach Mullin a lot. He is going to help you make it to the NBA. He has NBA coaches, so I like them a lot. Coach Mullin is a cool guy who has a lot of respect with his time in the NBA.”

Ponds had hoped to visit Minnesota but wasn’t able to. Still he has a long standing connection to assistant coach Kimani Young at the school.

“Minnesota is coming after me hard,” noted Ponds. “I grew up with Coach Kimani. He coached me growing up, and it was fun playing for him, so I like Minnesota a lot.”

In terms of narrowing down his list, Ponds says things aren’t close quite yet, “I kind of want to add more offers and then cut my list down during my senior year.”

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