Pondexter ready for Washington visit

The recruiting season just got in to high gear for San Joaquin (Fresno) Memorial SF Quincy Pondexter. He tripped to Connecticut this past weekend and he is headed north this weekend to visit Montlake and Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar. Dawgman.com was able to catch up with the talented wing from the Golden State and he updated us how recruiting is going and if a decision is imminent.

"(The Connecticut trip) was real interesting," Pondexter said. "Their coaching staff and players and everyone there is really nice. I really enjoyed my trip. The whole team was pretty much my host there and I really enjoyed that."

UConn head coach Jim Calhoun seemed to really make an impression on Pondexter among other things. "Coach Calhoun really impressed me and just thinking about what a great coach he is," Pondexter noted. "The players were really good and the facilities that they use are really nice also."

So could Pondexter see himself playing in Connecticut in the near future?

"In a way I can see myself there, but it's a lot different from Fresno, California," Pondexter said matter-of-factly. "There's a lot more trees and everything else. It's different."

Different how? "Different in weird way," Pondexter said.

Pondexter said the UConn coaches didn't pressure him to commit, but he did say they have told him they will wait for him to make a decision.

This coming weekend, Pondexter heads to the Pacific Northwest, along with his mother, father and sister. His coach Wil Hooker may also be in attendance, but Pondexter is unsure of his status at this point.

Pondexter has never been to Seattle, but he expects to see a lot of a local business on his trip. "I'm planning on seeing a lot of Starbucks," Pondexter said with a laugh, claiming he isn't much of a coffee drinker. "I wouldn't know what I was doing in (a Starbucks cafe).

"When I'm on my trip I'm going to be checking out the surroundings, spending time with coach Romar and getting to know him more as well as the other coaches and the guys on the team."

After this weekend, the University of Memphis is the next school on Pondexter's itinerary and he plans to make a decision soon after that visit.

"After my trip to Memphis that third weekend, me and my family are going to sit down for a couple days and just think about it really hard and make the decision that's best for us," Pondexter said, sounding more mature than his 17 years would indicate.

"Actually a couple days after that Memphis trip we'll set up a press conference and go from there."

Pondexter said his parents haven't pressured him at all about where he may end up playing his college ball. "They just want to help me make the best decision right now for myself," Pondexter said. "This is the biggest decision of my life. My parents are doing all they can to make sure I make the right one."

So is there any possibility a good visit with the Washington staff could change Pondexter's timeline? Pondexter, the savvy recruit that he is, plays it very close to the vest.

"That's a good question," he said deftly side-stepping the question, "because it might happen that way. My parents and I will just make the best decision."

Washington fans hope the best decision is for Pondexter to end up wearing purple and gold.

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