2018 NBA Draft: 4 Players on the Hawks Radar Who Returned to College

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - DECEMBER 30: Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to make a shot during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on December 30, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Volunteers 95-93. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - DECEMBER 30: Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to make a shot during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on December 30, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Volunteers 95-93. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 08: Shamorie Ponds (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 08: Shamorie Ponds (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

With rumors swirling all around Hawks starting point guard Dennis Schröder regarding his future with the team, nabbing a solid replacement would be beneficial for the Hawks going forward.

Shamorie Ponds out of St. John’s University would fit that descriptions perfectly. Many times during the 2017-18 season, exciting rookie John Collins would have a free lane to the basket via the pick-and-roll, but Schröd was far too focused on getting to the rim himself for his own scoring instead of tossing an easy lob to the extremely bouncy Second Team All-Rookie member Collins.

Ponds would not suffer from that same problem, as his pick-and-roll aptitude and exemplary passing vision should help Atlanta distribute the ball to open players from the point of attack. During his two college years, Ponds showed a knack for making the right pass at the right time, and he rarely forced a difficult pass – only taking advantage of what the defense provided and nothing else.

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Though Ponds is clearly undersized (6’1” with a 6’3” wingspan) and his three-point stroke evaporated during his sophomore year, Ponds will only be 20 years old on draft day and could make for an interesting high-risk, high-reward selection for the Hawks in next year’s draft.