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Storm’s star guard Shamorie Ponds declares for NBA Draft

He won’t hire agent so that he is eligible to return to St. John’s if he decides to opt out.

St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds prepares for a

St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds prepares for a free throw against Xavier during an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2018. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds will test the waters of the NBA Draft this year but will not hire an agent, the guard announced via an Instagram post Saturday.

“As a kid growing up, my dream was to play in the NBA,” Ponds wrote. “I would like to thank the St. John’s University coaching staff for putting me in a position to succeed and achieve my goal . . . My plan is to get as much NBA experience and knowledge as possible. In addition, I do not want to close any doors. I’d like to keep all options open.”

The 6-1 sophomore guard led the Big East with 21.6 points per game, while also averaging 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

An underclassman can make himself eligible for the draft as often as he wants as long as he does not have an agent. Once a player hires an agent he is ineligible to return to college ball.

Ponds can receive an invite to the NBA Draft Combine where he would be able to perform for the NBA teams. After the combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago, Ponds will have 10 days to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or return to St. John’s for his junior season.

Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round draft pick, Jarrett Allen, initially declared for the draft without hiring an agent, but upon realizing his draft stock as a potential lottery pick, sought representation a little after month after his declaration and was subsequently drafted 22nd overall.

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