"Open, but closed"

The frontrunners are Pac 10 schools, but the Kansas staff still has a window of opportunity with Quincy Pondexter, the talented 6-6 SF from Fresno, CA.

While Quincy Pondexter is currently basking in the California sunshine and looking forward to a summer chock full of action on the hardcourt, his recruitment forges onward.

The front runners look remarkably familiar – Washington and Arizona – though the swingman did concede that the Wildcats currently hold the slight edge. The 6-6 junior is certainly fond of both programs.

“They’ve (both) recruited me for awhile. Their coaches make it seem like the schools would be a lot like home”, said Pondexter. “The coaches are like father-figures and both are pretty nice guys.”

Though Quincy struggled for the right words, he finally labeled his recruitment an “open but closed process”.

The lightning quick junior admits the door is still “open” to some of his elite contenders. Kansas, Georgia Tech, and UCONN are a few of the schools that have a chance of garnering the versatile swingman’s services. This has been a pattern throughout his recruitment. Just when you think he’s on the verge of giving one school the nod, we find out he hasn’t turned a deaf ear to the “others”.

The athletic wing says that Kansas is still in the mix and praised the recruiting job of Jayhawk assistant Kurtis Townsend.

“They’ve shown interest. Coach Townsend has been recruiting me for awhile from the time I just got started doing all the AAU stuff,” Pondexter said, “I really appreciate him taking the time to recruit me.” 

Quincy did state that the recruiting process IS already closed to certain programs that just don’t measure up academically or basketball-wise for him. 

The explosive star was unable to take any official visits during the spring due to commitments at his high school, but he intends to take a look come fall, “if he’s still available.” The Fresno standout admitted that a decision could come as early as this summer. Pondexter believes he’ll have his recruitment sorted out by the fall and WILL commit before the early signing period. He also stressed again that a commitment could be forthcoming this summer, so stay tuned.

Quincy will play in the Road City Classic this weekend in Fresno.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: The past few weeks have seen Pondexter establish himself as a top-tier recruit. He's now a priority recruit for the Wildcats, becoming part of their "Super Seven".

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