Ponds’ status uncertain after potential injury

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St. John’s is already playing without half of its dynamic backcourt with Marcus Lovett missing the last six games due to a knee sprain. The other half of that backcourt could be ailing as well.

Shamorie Ponds may have suffered an injury in the Red Storm’s 94-72 loss Thursday to open Big East play, but the exact circumstances were murky not long after the defeat.

“I don’t know. I never saw what happened, but I saw him limping,” St. John’s coach Chris Mullin said in a statement released by the school. “I asked him and he said that he was really hurting after a layup. Otherwise, I don’t know exactly. I noticed him limping at the start of the second half.”

Ponds logged 31 minutes in the loss, scoring 16 points along with registering four rebounds, six assists and three steals. After the game, Ponds tweeted, in response to another tweet about his status, “God Got a Plan.”

If there is anything amiss with Ponds, it would be a massive blow for St. John’s team that has hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. That task gets exponentially harder if either Lovett or Ponds miss much more time.