Mullin: Ponds "Better Than A Lot Of Guys" In NBA

If you're not familiar with Shamorie Ponds' work, well, perhaps you should be

Tiki and Tierney
February 18, 2019 - 8:18 pm
Shamorie Ponds St. John's Villanova Madison Square Garden

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St. John’s (19-7) is having its best season since 1999-2000, and junior guard Shamorie Ponds is a big reason why. The 6-2 junior leads the Red Storm in scoring (20.1 points per game), assists (5.2) and steals (2.7).

“Look, I watch enough NBA games,” St. John’s coach and NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin said on Tiki & Tierney. “He’s better than a lot of guys that are playing in the league now.”

Listed at 6-1, 175 pounds, Ponds has taken over games this year. That is due, at least in part, to his energy, which Mullin has cultivated.

“When you have the smaller guards – whether it be 6-feet, 6-2, 6-1 or under – they’re the most energetic, and they set the pace, whether it be shoot-around, practice, and in the game,” Mullin said. “They play with the most energy, and that’s something I’ve been stressing to Shamorie. He’s done a much better job this year with his pace and playing sharp, and he’ll continue to do that.”

Mullin is in his fourth season at St. John’s. He went 8-24 in his first year, 14-19 in his second and 16-17 in his third. Now, however, he has a winning team – a team that beat defending national champion Villanova, 71-65, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“It was a big step forward,” Mullin said. “This has been a natural progression. Everyone wants it to happen faster. This is exactly the way it’s supposed to happen. It’s not supposed to be easy, it’s not supposed to happen overnight, and you’re supposed to go through growing pains. In my mind, we’re right on schedule. Progression, not perfection. That’s what we’ve shown, and the resiliency when things don’t go right – don’t blame, don’t point fingers. Go back to work. From that standpoint, I think we’re right where we need to be. I thought (Sunday) was a big step forward for us.”

Click below to listen to Mullin's interview in its entirety.