All along the expectation was this would be Shamorie Ponds’ final season in Queens, and with his junior year nearing its conclusion, it doesn’t appear like anything has changed.
In a phone interview Monday, his father, Shawn, told The Post the family will make a decision when the season is over, but they do not plan to have him test the NBA draft waters as he did last year. Ponds will either sign with an agent and go pro or return to St. John’s for his senior season.
“It’ll be a definite decision after the season is over,” Shawn Ponds said. “We’re doing one thing or the other. … Right now, let’s see how he finishes up.”
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.
When the announcement was made last spring that Ponds would return to school, his father said he wanted to see his son act more like a professional, like eating better, developing further on the court and maintaining more normal sleeping habits. He said he believes the St. John’s star has made some strides in those areas. Ponds led the Big East in steals (2.6), was second in assists (5.2) and third in scoring (19.8), and was named to the conference’s first team for the second straight year on Sunday. His shooting percentages improved across the board.