|Shamorie Ponds in action on Sunday. @StJohnsBball.|
St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds has garnered his first weekly award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, earning MBWA Player of the Week honors.
This comes a day after Ponds was named to the Big East Conference's Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season.
Ponds, the organization’s reigning Haggerty Award winner as the top collegiate player in the New York Metropolitan Area, claims his accolade on the heels of one of the most complete performances in the recent history of St. John’s Basketball.
Ponds tallied 16 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds on Sunday in St. John's win against Wagner, falling just one rebound shy of the program’s first triple-double since Ron Artest accomplished the feat in January of 1999.
Ponds, who recorded his 16 points on a 4-of-7 shooting effort that included a 2-for-2 showing and a perfect 6-for-6 effort from beyond the arc, shattered his previous career-high assist total of 10. His 14 dishes were the most by a St. John’s player in a single game since Omar Cook dished out 15 against Connecticut on Jan. 6, 2001.
Only two players in the history of St. John’s Basketball, Cook and Mark Jackson, have recorded more assists in a contest than Ponds did on Sunday against the Seahawks.
Ponds is the Big East’s top assist man and third leading scorer, and he has led St. John’s to a 10-0 start its best since 1982-83, when three-time Haggerty Award winner Chris Mullin led the Johnnies to 14-straight wins to begin the season. Mullin is currently St. John's Head Coach.
St. John's, one of nine undefeated teams remaining in Division I, hosts St. Francis Brooklyn at Carnesecca Arena Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.