2006 wing may follow father's footsteps

Arizona has always done when recruiting players with strong ties to Lute Olson. Ricky Anderson jumped through hoops to become a Wildcats, including invoking the wrath of the Wildcat coach for five seasons because his father played for Lute Olson. As Arizona looks toward the 2006 class, another youngster with ties to Olson.

Quincy Pondexter is a 6-5, 180-pound small forward from Fresno, CA, who has family connections to Lute Olson. Both Pondexter's father and uncle played under Olson at Long Beach State. This is one of the reason's Pondexter is so highly interested in Arizona.

The elder Pondexter has fond memories of Olson and has told his son about his former mentor. This is one reason the Wildcats are the early favorite for his services.

This past summer, Pondexter traveled with the loaded EBO basketball team as well as staring at one of the summer shoe camps.

"I went to Las Vegas and Los Angeles events," explained Pondexter. "I also made the All-Star team with the Adidas All-American Camp."

His EBO team has no fewer than five D-I prospects, including three others the Wildcats are considering. In many ways it is one stop shopping for the Wildcats. Guard Derrick Jasper and twin big men Brook and Robin Lopez have all attracted the interest of Olson and the Wildcats.

Pondexter is a highly skilled wing. He's very explosive. He's athletic and quick and can jump out of the building. Even as a junior he's put together well and should be a top prospect in next year's class.

"I am looking into Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, and Kentucky [among others]," he said.

The wing is very interested in Arizona, stating they are his top choice so far. Pondexter is looking for a school with a particular style of play.

"I am looking for style of play in a school, mainly up-and-down," Pondexter noted.

Pondexter is going to enjoy this school year and "see how everything goes."

With the up-and-down style of play utilized by Arizona, it is evident that Pondexter strongly desires to follow in his father's and uncle's footsteps and play for Olson.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: There were rumors that Pondexter was ready to make an early pledge to Arizona, but those have proven to be exaggerated. Pondexter loves the Wildcats, but will explore his options. Making sure that Olson will be around when he gets there seems to be a major concern and you can bet that other schools will use Olson's age against him. If Olson is there the safe bet is that Pondexter will be a Wildcat.

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