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Ponds Plans 2 weeks 12 hours ago #329549

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Not exactly a surprise;
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This year, Shamorie Ponds isn’t planning to test NBA Draft waters, his father tells me. A definitive decision will come after season, but all signs point to him going pro: #sjubb
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Ponds Plans 2 weeks 12 hours ago #329550

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Paultzman wrote: Not exactly a surprise;
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This year, Shamorie Ponds isn’t planning to test NBA Draft waters, his father tells me. A definitive decision will come after season, but all signs point to him going pro: #sjubb


I said this after last year. Some of the warts in his game are always going to be there (height, no wingspan, below average athleticism, to name three). He did work on some things the scouts told him to work on (not always to this team's benefit), but if they are still down on him after doing that, it might not get any better. He might as well see what he can get now, rather then wait a year to cash in, and likely be in the same spot.
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nypost.com/2019/03/12/shamorie-ponds-pla...nitive-nba-decision/

“A source within the program said the expectation is the 6-foot-1 Ponds will go pro, which is why the coaching staff signed junior college point guard Cam Mack.”
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Paultzman wrote: Not exactly a surprise;
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This year, Shamorie Ponds isn’t planning to test NBA Draft waters, his father tells me. A definitive decision will come after season, but all signs point to him going pro: #sjubb


If he stays we might really have something next year, wishful thinking i guess, glass half full.

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Ponds Plans 2 weeks 12 hours ago #329553

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Tommy O 54 wrote:

Paultzman wrote: Not exactly a surprise;
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This year, Shamorie Ponds isn’t planning to test NBA Draft waters, his father tells me. A definitive decision will come after season, but all signs point to him going pro: #sjubb


If he stays we might really have something next year, wishful thinking i guess, glass half full.

Very wishful :)

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Ponds Plans 2 weeks 11 hours ago #329554

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By signing with an agent, this will end his college career. With a highly refined game, he would be worth a late first round gamble that he could translate college success at the NBA level. With his recent ineffectiveness and quiet periods in games masquerading as patience, scouts can only conclude that in the NBA where everything is bigger, stronger, and faster, successful transition wouldn't be likely at this point.

He may feel he has nothing to prove, but a return to campus, and a better campaign personally and by the team could elevate his NBA draft status. Except for injury and loss of 1 year of income, playing in front of packed houses around the country in college isn't the worst thing either, at least to me.
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Man, I hope he stays. IMO, the Duke game was an ugly preview of how he'd fare right now in the NBA. As Dickie V (who I can't stand, but nevertheless makes valid points once in a while) said during the broadcast--when you're as small as Ponds, you've got to prove you're really, really special to make it in the NBA. I think he can, but he still has work to do. Stay Shamorie, stay!
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P Simmons wrote: Man, I hope he stays. IMO, the Duke game was an ugly preview of how he'd fare right now in the NBA. As Dickie V (who I can't stand, but nevertheless makes valid points once in a while) said during the broadcast--when you're as small as Ponds, you've got to prove you're really, really special to make it in the NBA. I think he can, but he still has work to do. Stay Shamorie, stay!


He's no Spud Webb or Mugsy Bogues.

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Beast of the East wrote: By signing with an agent, this will end his college career. With a highly refined game, he would be worth a late first round gamble that he could translate college success at the NBA level. With his recent ineffectiveness and quiet periods in games masquerading as patience, scouts can only conclude that in the NBA where everything is bigger, stronger, and faster, successful transition wouldn't be likely at this point.

He may feel he has nothing to prove, but a return to campus, and a better campaign personally and by the team could elevate his NBA draft status. Except for injury and loss of 1 year of income, playing in front of packed houses around the country in college isn't the worst thing either, at least to me.


I believe with the new rules he is allowed to sign with an agent this year and even attend the combine, stay in the draft, and still return if he isn’t drafted.

Barring a huge run in the tournament or a great combine (if he is invited), he will go undrafted IMO. His junior season has raised more questions than it has provided answers...his antics on the court, questionable hustle, inconsistent defense, being shut down on multiple occasions by more physically gifted players, etc.

He looked like a better prospect last year at this time.
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Ponds Plans 2 weeks 11 hours ago #329578

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Sometimes I question whether or not good college players realize just how hard it is to make it to the NBA and then stick even on a bench. It's Ponds' choice so good for him if he chooses overseas or wherever and still hope he gets drafted...but he has been very quiet even against pretty mediocre teams. Forget his name but the Duke kid literally stopped him completely in his tracks with ease. When Duke did that, everyone else started double-teaming him and it pretty much ensured he would not take over games like he used to. Sure he can still drop 17 or 20 or whatever, but it's been a while since he was at the point he was last year just tearing though teams by himself. Have to be honest, I just can't see Ponds slicing up NBA defenders who are way bigger, faster, and more athletic. Maybe he can be a catch and shoot guy off the bench if he refines his shooting from long range but idk. I wish the kid well, just wish more players would realize how sticking around to get a degree is a very smart idea.

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