Shamorie Ponds is making visits

NEW YORK CITY - Shamorie Ponds is down to four schools and is in the middle of his visit tour.

One of the real breakout players during the spring and summer was Shamorie Ponds. The New York City native saw his stock soar in the eyes of college coaches, and now he is down to four schools and is making visits.

While being selected for the Elite 24 game is special for all prospects, it means a little more to Ponds who grew up in the city.

“This is a game I have always wanted to play in and watched growing up, so being a part of it is a dream come true,” said Ponds.

When it comes to his recruitment, Ponds says that Minnesota, Creighton, Providence, and St. John’s remain in the mix.

Recently he made an official visit to Creighton and came away very impressed with what he saw from the Bluejays.

“It was a cool visit,” said Ponds. “It was better than I expected. I didn’t expect it to be so big, they had everything you could want as a player.”

Up next is a trip to St. John’s, a school that has made Ponds a priority since Chris Mullin got the job in Queens.

“It is close to home and Coach Mullin is a Hall of Famer who is coming in,” said Ponds of the Red Storm. “I think he could help me get places so I am looking forward to the visit.”

After that is a trip to Minnesota, a school that has a long standing relationship with Ponds.

“I will visit Minnesota on September 18,” noted Ponds. “I have grown up with Kimani (Young) so we have a real good relationship.”

Also a visit to Providence is on tap, and Ponds likes the way the Friars use their guards.

“With Providence Coach (Ed) Cooley is a great coach and they really let their guards play,” said Ponds.

For now there is no specific timeframe for Ponds to make his decision, but he does plan to take his visits before issuing his commitment.

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