Ponds and the Rockets have agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports. Ponds, one of the top scorers in the NCAA last season, previously decided to join summer league with the Rockets. It appears Houston is interested in having him around for longer.
Ponds accepted an invitation Friday to join the Rockets' Las Vegas Summer League entry, Roger Rubin of Newsday reports. Ponds was one of the nation's most prolific scorers during his junior season at St. John's, averaging 19.7 points per game while shooting 35.3 percent from three-point. His accomplishments at the college level weren't enough for him to get selected in last week's draft, however, with Ponds' lack of size (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and defensive limitations likely viewed as concerns by teams. He'll look to turn heads in Las Vegas and potentially earn a training-camp invite from the Rockets or another team.
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