Night in and night out, St. John’s, Shamorie Ponds, has dominated his competition. Whether in Big East play, or out of conference action, he has been the best player on the court through his years in New York. In 2015, St. John’s was in an awful state. They fired their head coach Steve Lavin, and brought in St John’s legend Chris Mullin to right the ship. Well, even up to last year they were quite abysmal. The Red Storm have only made the tournament 4 times since 2000, and haven’t posted a winning record since the 2014-15 season. Mullin’s tenure got off to a sour start, posting an 8-24 record, but he has improved that record every season since. That’s all revolved around Shamorie Ponds. Ponds was Mullin’s first big hit in the recruiting field, but his success wasn’t guaranteed. Shamorie was a four star recruit out of Brooklyn, New York, and everyone knew he could do one thing. Score. The. Ball. However, he is very undersized, standing only 6’1″ and 180 pounds, but it hasn’t stopped him yet. Ponds has improved every year while attending St. John’s, and his hard work has paid off in the form of wins for the Red Storm. Shamorie Ponds became one of, if not the best players in the country this year. The Johnnies are 13-1, and had their most impressive win yesterday versus a star-studded Marquette squad.
The video posted above is called “St John’s Highlights”, but it was really just Shamorie Ponds highlights. That’s been the problem with the Red Storm over the past two seasons. They always get good numbers from Ponds, but then lack luster numbers from the rest of the team. That’s been the big change for Mullin’s squad this year. This week it was Marvin Clark’s turn to contribute, as he was able to add 22 points to go along with 26 from Ponds.
Let’s take a look back at the most impressive two game stretch in college basketball last year. St. John’s took down #4 Duke, then #1 Villanova in back to back games, and it was all Ponds. He rained in 33 against Duke, and the next two scorers for St John’s dropped 19 and 17. Then against Nova, Ponds scored 26, and had other teammates add 15 and 16 respectively. Those were the only big time wins St. John’s accumulated last season, and they happened when Ponds got help.
The trend always stays the same, if Shamorie Ponds gets help, St. John’s is tough to stop, and he’s finally getting that this season. The Red Storm have been phenomenal to start the year, watch out for them to win an under achieving Big East this year.
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