By Scott Mandel
Two Brooklyn basketball stars, Isaiah Whitehead from Lincoln HS and Seton Hall and Shomarie Ponds from Jefferson HS and St. Johns, have been released by their respective teams.
Whitehead had been playing in Russia, averaging about 13 ppg. and Ponds had been on a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have not released any reason for ending Ponds’ contract.
Talented kids. Something doesn’t make sense, in both cases.
Update on Isaiah Whitehead’s career:
Montenegro and Mornar Bar are up next for Seton Hall alumni, Isaiah Whitehead.
Mornar Bar inked Isaiah Whitehead to a contract up to the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, the Montenegrin club announced on Saturday.
The 24-year-old American guard holds European experience through the VTB United League. Previously played in 89 NBA matches with the Brooklyn Nets.
Whitehead was picked 42nd in the 2016 NBA draft out of Seton Hall. A couple of years later made the jump to Europe for Lokomotiv Kuban and tipped off his current campaign with Astana. He averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per appearance through five VTB contests.
His new team has a couple of Basketball Champions League games left, before turning full focus to its ABA League run. Already out of contention in BCL, Mihailo Pavicevic’s squad is currently 9-7 in ABA, good enough for fifth place.TAGS ABABasketball Champions LeagueBCL