Perfect fit for Pearl?

A high-energy forward from California could feel right at home in the Tennessee basketball system being installed by new head man Bruce Pearl.

Quincy Pondexter is a 6-6, 180-pound swing forward from San Joaquin Memorial High School of Fresno, Calif. Rated No. 22 nationally at his position by, he sounds like a perfect fit for the run-and-gun game Pearl is known for. Consider these comments about Pondexter from's database:

"Making strides with his game. Should be given credit for advancing his range past the arc; he's worked hard and continues to improve his shot. Slashes with the best of them and is athletic. Loves to play, great attitude and desire to improve. Driven player who competes.''

Pondexter's bio sketch went on to note that he is "explosive (with) good quickness and hops.''

This devoted work ethic should score big points with Pearl, who demands tremendous effort – from his players, his aides and himself. Pondexter's ability to slash to the hoop makes him ideally suited to the attacking style of transition offense Pearl likes to play. And Pondexter's quickness and athleticism provide dimensions the Vols are currently lacking.

Bottom line: Quincy Pondexter would look awfully good in Orange. The problem is, a lot of other programs think he'd look just as good in their school colors. He reportedly is getting long looks from Arizona, Washington, Kansas, Oregon, UConn, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Arkansas.

Coming off a strong showing at the recent adidas camp in Suwanee, Ga., Pondexter figures to get increased interest from college scouts as his reputation continues to grow.

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