The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Shamorie Ponds, as the junior guard received votes for the Preseason AP All-America Team, it was announced this afternoon.
Ponds finished 10th in the voting for the six-member team, which features Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, North Carolina’s Luke Maye, Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, and Nevada’s Caleb Martin.
No BIG EAST player received more votes than Ponds, who finished ahead of Marquette’s Markus Howard (5) and Villanova’s Eric Paschall (1) in the “other receiving votes” category.
Last season, Ponds led the BIG EAST in scoring at 21.6 points per game and broke the St. John’s sophomore scoring record with 647 points on the year. Just the 10th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in his second season with the team, Ponds posted one of the most memorable stretches in program history in February, scoring 33 points in the Red Storm’s win over Duke at Madison Square Garden before pouring in 26 against Villanova in St. John’s first win over a no. 1 opponent in 33 years.
Not only a gifted scorer, the Brooklyn native became the first player in St. John’s history to average at least 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists over the course of an entire season.
Last week, Ponds was one of 20 players nationwide to earn a spot on the preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, an accolade that recognizes the top point guard in the game of college basketball.
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