St. John's basketball player eyes NBA

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A PSAL champion from Thomas Jefferson High School who continued to rise in St. John's now has the NBA in his sights.

Shamorie Ponds is testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, and deciding if he should leave school or return next semester.

Ponds has had workouts with Boston, Cleveland and the Nets so far, with others scheduled, but no invite to the draft combine. Ponds says that won't impact his decision.

"It just added more fuel to the fire, so I mean they say the underdog story is the best story so, I'm gonna keep being the underdog until it's over," said Ponds.

Ponds was 18th in the country in scoring this season and has had plenty of individual success at St. John's while the rest of the team struggled.

Ponds thinks next year's basketball team will be better. He admits that if he does head to the NBA, he'll be leaving some unfinished business.

“I always, always wanted to go to the NCAA tournament and I unfortunately wasn't able to get there my two years,” said Ponds. “For me to turn the program around, it would be a blessing for me, for them to go to NCAA's, NCAA tournament, that's one of my dreams."

Ponds says he has an idea of his decision, but he's going wait until the May 30 deadline before making any announcement.

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