Pondexter a busy young man

Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial SF Quincy Pondexter has been very busy this summer. After attending the NBA camp in Richmond, Virginia for a week, Pondexter has traveled the country attending the Adidas Showtime National tournament in Georgia for two weeks and then heading to Las Vegas for the Pangos Midnight Madness tournament over the weekend, the first of three events him and his EBO AAU teammates would eventually play in Sin City. Has the schedule caught up with him?

"Oh man, I'm really tired right now," a laughing Pondexter told Dawgman.com. "I've just been really busy traveling and working out pretty hard.

"At first (the traveling) is tough to deal with being away from home, but you get used to eating the hotel food or wherever you're eating at and getting used to sleeping in the hotel."

Pondexter has shown well at the various camps and tournaments he has taken part in, but he seemed to really enjoy himself in Richmond at the NBA camp. "I learned a lot," he said. "Playing against all the best players was a good experience for me. I really appreciated having an opportunity to go to that.

"The NBA camp was the best of the best. We got to learn a lot about not necessarily basketball, but a lot about life and how to handle yourself. So I really liked that."

During what free time Pondexter has had this season, he said he has worked hard on one of the few flaws some have pointed out in his game – his jumpshot.

"I've spent a lot of time really working on it," Pondexter admitted. "I guess a lot of people thought that was my downfall, but I really surprised them this last week."

So how did he work hard on his shot?

"Waking up at six in the morning and shooting 500 jump shots every morning. Then doing other workouts, lifting weights to get stronger and then later that day doing it all over again and shooting another 500."

On the recruiting front, Pondexter is getting a lot of attention from some major programs. Schools like Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Tennessee, Illinois and Arkansas have all offered and he said he's happy just to get the attention.

"Last year, if you would have asked me (if he expected to get all the scholarship offers) I would have said no," Pondexter said humbly. "But I've been playing really well and I guess people are paying attention to that and it's just an honor to have that many people have an interest in me."

As of this point Pondexter hasn't set up any official visits, but he has decided on two that will definitely be on his list of five. "I'm planning them right now, but right now the definite two are UConn and Washington," he said.

"Coach (Lorenzo) Romar is a great coach," Pondexter said about the Husky head coach. "They are the new team to beat in the Pac 10 right now. I think they are going to go far and the sky is the limit.

"Washington is an up and coming school on the rise right now. They've just got to keep going at it. They've had some good players and now they have to continue to get some quality players to play at the high level that they want to play at."

Pondexter and his EBO teammates will head back to California for the Best of Summer tournament in Los Angeles later this week after winning the Adidas Super 64 tournament for the second-straight year and the first-ever Las Vegas Prep Basketball Showcase by an 81-70 tally over the Main Event champions (Seattle Friends of Hoop).

On thing is for sure, Pondexter is going to be busy for quite a while.

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