Pondexter Points At Three

Quincy Pondexter, Scout.com's No. 27 prospect in the Class of 2006, has a unique list. The small forward covers the entire nation with his top three schools.

Quincy Pondexter, a 6-foot-6 wing out of San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno, Calif., has a rich history of basketball that runs in his family. Both his father and uncle played at Long Beach State for Lute Olson and in the NBA. Quincy, a star on the rise, hasn't even shown his best basketball yet but he's managed to find his way into the Scout.com Top 100 at No. 27.

Pondexter, who elevated his stock considerably this summer when he showed tremendous improvement from the perimeter, says things are heating up.

"Around Fresno, I probably was (a big name) a little bit," Pondexter said. "I didn't start getting the national exposure until later and now it's getting pretty hot."

"Hot" as in Washington, Connecticut and Memphis have offered him scholarships and he's guaranteed each with a September official visit (see database for schedule).

"I'm pretty much down to three right now," Pondexter said. "I'm going to take these visits and see how I feel after. Then I'll re-evaluate the situation after the visits."

It's unlikely he needs to see other campuses but Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Kentucky have shown interest. Again, at this point, it's unlikely he gets past his first three choices.

"It just felt good talking to (the final three)," Pondexter said. "Some coaches don't have a good vibe, they didn't do that much research. You could tell those guys did." And they are being rewarded for being loyal. Pondexter was fast to point out that his three finalists basically lived with him on the road this summer, attending virtually all of his games.

"You could tell they were making the effort. You could tell how much they care. Those are the ones I feel really comfortable with right now, those top three."

With Pondexter it would tough to call him a late bloomer because that's not the case. He is, however, a guy who is only starting to hit his stride as a senior. What does that mean? Well, kids like Joe Johnson and Andre Iguodala come to mind when thinking of good sized wings who took the same path that Pondexter is presently taking. At the end of the day, it's clear that his best basketball is ahead of him and when you factor in the gene pool that he comes from, Pondexter has future star potential.

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