“I thought Ponds was terrific,” a downtrodden Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke lost on Saturday when his team had no answer for the St. John’s guard. “Ponds was really as good a guard offensively as we’ve played against,” he added. St. John’s coach Chris Mullin, an NBA Hall of Famer, says Ponds has taken it up a notch in the last few weeks. “He’s been effective virtually from day one,” Mullin said Thursday. “He’s scored the ball over the last three weeks or so really well. He seems to be moving really well. He was chipped up a little bit, and we don’t have the deepest team right now so he has to play a lot of minutes, but he looks really fresh physically. He’s getting quick separation, getting to the line, but he’s doing a really, really good job of mixing up being an aggressive scorer and making good decisions. He’s playing at a high level, and he always has been a tremendous player.” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla thinks Ponds has a shot at the NBA down the road. “He’s unique, he’s interesting because in a league now that there were 18 players 6-feet and under last year in the NBA,” Fraschilla said this week on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “He’s got an NBA game because he can get anywhere he wants on the court. He’s a very creative player at the college level. “The only thing missing when I saw him was a consistent deadly jump shot, but when he’s on he’s as tough to guard as really any player in the country one-on-one. He’s that old-school, New York schoolyard kind of guy, kind of reminds of Nick Van Exel, maybe because he’s lefty.
St. John’s Shamorie Ponds goes off for 44 points today in a win over Marquette.It’s the 4th-most points in St. John’s history and the most points by a St. John’s player since Marcus Hatten had 44 against Rutgers in 2003. pic.twitter.com/p9ZzEEqExX— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 10, 2018