Delaware Blue Coats Select Shamorie Ponds With First Pick Of 2021-22 NBA G League Draft

The Delaware Blue Coats selected Shamorie Ponds (185 cm, St. John’s) with the first overall pick of the 2021-22 NBA G League Draft on Saturday afternoon, which was held virtually. The Blue Coats acquired the first overall pick from the South Bay Lakers in a three-team trade earlier this month involving the Memphis Hustle.

In 2020-21, Ponds played 5 games with OKK Spars Sarajevo of the Bosnian Premijer Liga BiH, where he averaged 6.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. The Brooklyn-native appeared in 4 games with the Toronto Raptors during the 2019-20 NBA season and played 18 games with Raptors 905 during the same year, averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists for the Toronto affiliate.

Shamorie Ponds number one in NBA G League draft

The College Park Skyhawks drafted Tyler Hagedorn (6-10, 230, South Dakota) with the second overall pick in the draft. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants selected Gabe York (6-3, 190, Arizona) with the third overall selection. The Westchester Knicks drafted Justin Turner (6-4, 205, Bowling Green) with the fourth overall pick, and the Agua Caliente Clippers picked Nate Darling (6-6, 200, Delaware) with the fifth overall selection.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce selected Brandon Knight (6-2, 182, Kentucky) with the sixth overall pick. Knight, who was named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, last played in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons during the 2019-20 season. Zaire Wade (6-3, 170), son of 13-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, was selected 10th overall by the Salt Lake City Stars.

Lance Stephenson (6-5, 210, Cincinnati) was drafted 13th overall by the Grand Rapids Gold. The nine-year NBA veteran last played in the league during the 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers and spent the 2019-20 season with the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The Greensboro Swarm selected LiAngelo Ball (6-5, 215, UCLA) with the 14th overall pick. Ball, the brother of Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball, most recently played for Charlotte during the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Former Indiana Pacers guard Joe Young (6-2, 182, Oregon) was drafted 21st overall by the Stockton Kings. Young was the 43rd pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and most recently played for the Beijing Royal Fighters of the Chinese Basketball Association. Stockton also selected Princepal Singh (6-9, 221, NBA G League Ignite) with the 61st overall pick in the draft.

See below for results of the 2021 NBA G League Draft


1. Delaware (From South Bay): Shamorie Ponds
2. College Park: Tyler Hagedorn
3. Fort Wayne: Gabe York
4. Westchester: Justin Turner
5. Agua Caliente (From Stockton): Nate Darling
6. Sioux Falls (From Grand Rapids): Brandon Knight
7. Texas (From Raptors905): Eddie Stansberry
8. Motor City: Jaylen Johnson
9. Iowa (From Wisconsin): Michael Gbinije
10. Salt Lake City: Zaire Wade
11. Texas (From Austin): Loudon Love
12. Santa Cruz (From Memphis): Alan Griffin
13. Grand Rapids (From Sioux Falls): Lance Stephenson
14. Greensboro (From Delaware via WES): LiAngelo Ball
15. Lakeland (From Texas via AUS): TJ Haws
16. Cleveland: BJ Taylor
17. Windy City (From Lakeland): Scottie Lindsey
18. Maine: Isaiah Ross
19. Iowa (From Birmingham): Ruot Monyyong
20. Lakeland (From Long Island): Marlon Stewart
21. Stockton (From Agua Caliente): Joe Young
22. Iowa: Samir Doughty
23. Greensboro (From Santa Cruz via SBL): Chudier Bile 
24. Capital City: Rodney Pryor
25. Windy City: Tim Bond
26. Greensboro: Tyree White
27. Cleveland (From OKL via RGV): Montell McRae
28. RGV: Cullen Russo


1. Memphis (From South Bay): Karim Mane
2. College Park: Kalob Ledoux
3. Memphis (From Fort Wayne): Gerard Tarin
4. Delaware (From Westchester): Barra Njie
5. Raptors 905 (From Stockton via CTN and RGV): Tahj Eaddy
6. Grand Rapids: Trevon Duval
7. Lakeland (From Raptors905): Gary Chivichyan
8. Motor City: Ryan Daly
9. Wisconsin: Keaton Wallace
10. Salt Lake City (via Stockton): Pedro Bradshaw
11. Austin: Alexis Wangmene
12. Fort Wayne (From Memphis): Ian DuBose
13. Sioux Falls: Mike Smith
14. Lakeland (From Delaware): Jaire Grayer
15. Raptors905 (From Texas): Blake Francis
16. Cleveland: Jack Pagenkopf
17. Lakeland: Devonte Patterson
18. Fort Wayne (From Maine via LAK): Jordan Allen
19. Birmingham: Devearl Ramsey
20. Long Island: Chris Walker
21. RGV (From Agua Caliente): Eric Demers
22. Birmingham (From Iowa): Derrick Griffin
23. Santa Cruz: Ja’Quan Lyle
24. Capital City: Jachai Taylor
25. Westchester (From Windy City): Lydell Elmore
26. Greensboro: Ikenna Ndugba
27. Oklahoma City: Tevin King
28. Agua Caliente (From RGV): Kammeon Holsey


1. South Bay: Elijah Cain
2. College Park: Landon Taliaferro
3. Fort Wayne: Will Vorhees
4. Westchester: Asante Gist
5. Stockton: Princepal Singh
6. Grand Rapids: Trevor John
7. Raptors905: Tristan Jarrett
8. Motor City: Devon Baulkman
9. Wisconsin: Jaylen Bland
10. Salt Lake City: JC Show
11. Austin: No Selection
12. Memphis: No Selection
13. Sioux Falls: Joel Ntambwe
14. Delaware: No Selection
15. Texas: Lamonte Bearden
16. Stockton (From Cleveland): No Selection
17. Delaware (From Lakeland): No Selection
18. Maine: Lindsey Drew
19. Iowa (From Birmingham): Artur Labinowicz
20. Long Island: Jaylen Fisher
21. Agua Caliente: Randy Onwuasor
22. Iowa: Seth Allen
23. Santa Cruz: Jovan Mooring
24. Capital City: Jermaine Haley
25. Windy City: Kerwin Roach
26. Greensboro: Isaiah Blackmon
27. Oklahoma City: Marlon Taylor
28. RGV: Jimond Ivey

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