Small Ponds, Big Talent

Brooklyn product Shamorie Ponds lives up to his pedigree. Competing in an area legendary for its flashy guards, the 6-0 floor general displayed his talent and dash at last week’s Adidas Uprising Camp. Ponds served up ample material for the highlight reel but also played within the team concept for his camp squad.

Point guards are ubiquitous in the 2016 class and Shamorie Ponds is one more who factors in to the high-major mix. Slender and sometimes prone to trying the big play, Ponds nevertheless makes a lot of quality things happen on the court thanks to his quickness, dribbling skills and excellent court vision.

Ponds demonstrated at Adidas that, as gifted as he is at scoring off the bounce, he’s equally effective drawing help defenders and kicking to the open man spotting up on the perimeter. Thus, despite carrying the reputation of a fullcourt player, he may surprise many with his effectiveness in the halfcourt as well.

Given that the camp took place in Long Island and that he was able to participate at Rucker Park for an exhibition game that ran in conjunction with the camp, he had an all-around successful week playing near home.

”I really enjoyed the camp, especially the all-star game,” Ponds said. “This month has been about elite competition, I’ve been playing elite competition the whole month.”

Ponds isn’t completely satisfied with his play, however, and he continues to work on consistency versus national opponents.

”I feel like I have some good momentum, but I also could be much better,” Ponds said. “I’m working on getting stronger, quicker, faster, pretty much everything I can for the next level.”

That next level almost definitely will take him to a major conference. A handful of major players are leading the push in his recruitment.

”St. John’s, South Carolina, DePaul, Minnesota, Tennessee, Creighton are on me hard and have offered,” he said, noting that Arizona State has expressed interest as well.

Ponds doesn’t have a clear timetable in mind and will begin to sort out his list at a later date.

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