Simply put, there aren’t many more enjoyable kids in the country to speak with. Quincy Pondexter has also got the game on the court to match and the 6-6 WF/WG is one of the top players in the class of 2006.
Because his Fresno (CA) San Joaquin Memorial squad is seriously depleted due to ineligibility of other players, Pondexter has added versatility to his game this winter and is even playing some point.
“It’s really different, I have to know every position on the floor and lead my team now,” says Pondexter. “Now my coach puts me everywhere on the floor from the one to the four so I hope it helps on the next level.”
Clearly though, on the wing is where the wispy Pondexter is at his best. He runs the court with ease and loves to finish in transition. He rebounds well for his position, has an above average handle and is starting to knock home open jumpers with more and more regularity.
Getting stronger will be a major key as he continues to improve but he’s already drawn the attention of several of college basketball’s heaviest hitters. According to Pondexter his favorites include Kansas, Washington, Oregon, UConn, Oklahoma and Georgia Tech but one school in particular stands above that pack.
“I really like Arizona, I like how they get up and down the floor,” says Pondexter who visited Tuscon for Midnight Madness. “On my visit I really liked the city too. I’m kind of a small town guy and it just felt comfortable down there.”
It doesn’t hurt the Wildcats that Pondexter’s father, Roscoe, played for Lute Olson while Olson was the coach at Long Beach State. Still, Pondexter says that he would like to look around some more and take at least a couple more visits before making a decision.
According to Pondexter Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend came out to watch him in December but because of a scheduling mixup did not get to see him play. However, he has been keeping track of the Jayhawks.
“Kansas, they are like Arizona in a lot of ways as a program and they get up and down the floor,” said Pondexter. “I like their team chemisty and they have really been playing hard and together lately.”
While many other kids spend a lot of time worrying about where they are ranked or whether or not there are enough stories being written about them, Pondexter plays it cool.
“Every once in a while my parents run across that stuff but not that often,” says Pondexter of the Internet and rankings. “I just look at it like you have to go out and play, I don’t care about rankings. Whether I’m ranked number one or number 150 I still have to go out and play so why worry about it.”
Most of all Pondexter is looking forward to making his decision and moving on to the next chapter in his basketball career in life. He loves the challenge of playing against the best and looks forward to more in the future.
“I love it, I’d rather play against big-time players from around the country than average players from my area,” said Pondexter. “I don’t mean it as any disrespect to my area, but I’d rather not settle for average in anything.”