Pondexter leaning towards staying in the west

Quincy Pondexter will be one of the big time recruits attending the Wildcats' Midnight Madness. The big time wing from Northern California has made no secret that the Cats have long been a leader and now he'll get a chance to see things up close.

The 6-6 wing out Fresno will be in town to watch the Wildcats tip of the season. He'll be joined by 2006 prospects Josh Lomers, Chase Buddinger, James Keefe and Alex Stepheson, along with a few 2007 prospects.

Pondexter has long professed that the Wildcats lead and now get a chance to see the campus and get a feel for the team.

"I was to see how everything is," Pondexter said. "I want to see the campus life, the city life, and how the basketball players interact with the people of the city.

"Arizona is my leader right now," Pondexter added. "I am also looking at Washington, Oregon, Kansas and UConn. I have no other unofficials planned yet, but I am looking to plan some more."

Although the Cats lead, Pondexter does not foresee himself making an early pledge but does admit that stranger things have happened.

"It is always a possibility to commit on the spot," said Pondexter although he quickly pointed out that he did not think that would happen. "I am just taking it one day at a time."

His ties to Lute Olson have been well documented, with both his father and his uncle having played for the Wildcat headman at Long Beach State. Needless to say, the younger Pondexter has heard a lot about their old coach and now he wants to see how Olson runs a practice in person.

"My father and Uncle have told me stories about how tough he (Olson) really is," Pondexter said.

The Wildcats have a lot going for them in Pondexter's eyes. He, like many recruits, loves the up-tempo style and the chance to play for a Hall Of Famer.

"I like Arizona's game play, they fit my style," he said. "I like Coach Olson, he is a proven winner."

If Arizona doesn't get the pledge, there is a great chance that he'll stay in the west. He likes the tradition at Kansas and UConn, but really loves the idea of playing in the Pac-10.

"It's a strong conference," Pondexter explained. "Oregon and Washington are in the Pac-10 which is good. I fit in well to the other schools as well. Kansas and UConn are also proven winners.

"I need a school where the players work hard, and a school that wins."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: No doubt that Pondexter loves Arizona and it would not be a shock if he pulls the trigger on the visit. He says that he wants to make a lot of visits, but if he truly loves the Wildcats he could decide so he does not lose out on a scholarship.

E-mail Brad at bradallis@msn.com

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