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Wednesday / February 20.
  • Shamorie Ponds says he’s feeling better, day-to-day with back strain

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK — St. John’s junior guard Shamorie Ponds remains day-to-day with a lower back strain he initially injured Jan. 5 against Georgetown.

    “I’m feeling better,” Ponds said when he showed up to support his alma mater Thomas Jefferson High School at the Empire Invitational at Mount Saint Michael Academy. “Coach [Chris] Mullin said it best, day-by-day, so that’s how I’m going to take it. I’m not going to rush it, I’m just going to take it day-by-day.”

    The 6-foot-1 Ponds did not play Saturday when St. John’s lost to DePaul, 79-71, to fall to 14-3, 2-3 in the Big East.

    St. John’s hosts Creighton Wednesday and visits Butler Saturday.

    The 6-foot-1 Brooklyn native is averaging 20.6 points, 6.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He was just named to the Wooden Award Midseason list and he is among the favorites for Big East Player of the Year, along with Marquette junior guard Markus Howard and Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell.

    Ponds is a projected second-round NBA Draft pick by ESPN.com.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.