Pondexter set with visits

One thing about being a wing that can run, shoot and play defense - you receive a lot of attention. Shooting forward Quincy Pondexter from San Joaquin High School in Fresno, California, can attest to that, having the attention of programs from across the country. Dawgman.com was able to reach the scorer from central California to get an update on recruiting and a college decision that could be right around the corner.

"It's been pretty crazy lately," a bewildered Pondexter said. "It's been such an honor how much attention some of the schools are showing me. It's really hard to even mention all of the schools because there have been so many."

Pondexter is hearing from a who's who of the top-25 schools in the country, including Tennessee, Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky, but three schools have separated themselves from the pack.

"Right now my top three are Washington, UConn and Memphis," Pondexter said confidently.

The attention really started to pick up for Pondexter when he blew up this summer with his AAU team – EBO. "I've played pretty well this summer and I put in a lot of hard work," a humble Pondexter said. "I did 500 jump shots in the morning and another 500 in the evening all off-season. Between that and lifting a lot of weights, that helped increase my strength, and doing plyometric exercises I've been able to improve my game."

Because he plays on one of the best AAU teams in the country and on a good high school squad as well, Pondexter has had the privilege of playing against some other highly acclaimed players, including Washington-commit SG Adrian Oliver from Modesto Christian and two recruits the Huskies have high on their lists – Seattle Prep C Spencer Hawes and PG Derrick Jasper from Paso Robles, California.

"(Oliver) is a really good player from a small town," Pondexter said. "I played against him last year in high school. He's real smooth and a good scorer.

"Derrick is on my AAU team and he has to be one of the most underrated players in the nation. He's so good at dribbling and passing, he does the other stuff that doesn't show up on the stat sheet better than anyone in the country. I love playing with him."

When it came to Hawes - a player that Pondexter saw in the finals of the Las Vegas Midnight Madness tournament - the superlatives just fell out of his mouth. "He is very impressive," an amazed Pondexter said. "He can do everything. He can run, shoot, hit jump shots and defend. It doesn't matter with him. He hung 35 on us in that game, that's saying something."

Pondexter has set three official visits for early September in the hopes of making a quick decision on where he wants to play his college ball. His first visit will be to Connecticut over the Labor Day weekend (9/3) and then he plans to visit Washington on September 10th and Memphis the following weekend (9/17).

"After the Memphis visit I will re-evaluate my situation," Pondexter said. "If I'm ready to make a decision then I will call a press conference and announce it then. My family and I will sit down and make the decision, hopefully soon after the visits are done."

Pondexter's decision will come down to the wire and it will have at least three coaching staffs on the edge of their seats.

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