With Wednesday night's news that five-star small forward and former UA recruit Terrence Jones was decommitting from Washington to attend Kentucky, the race for the Pac-10 basketball title in 2010-11 became wide open. Here's a breakdown of how each team in the conference looks for next season.[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER QUINCY PONDEXTER Small Forward/Power Forward University of Washington Huskies #20 6:06.7-215 Fresno, California San Joaquin Memorial High School
OVERVIEW A finger injury a week before the Chicago pre-draft camp left Pondexter sitting at home during the event, leaving the Pac-10 Conference as the only major league to not have a player represent them during the combine. He was certainly deserving of the invitation, based on all that he accomplished during his four seasons at UW, where he set the school record for games played (136) and finish third all-time in scoring (1,786 points).
Pondexter was the third member of his family to star at San Joaquin Memorial High School, where he earned All-American honors before his career at Washington. His father, Roscoe, and uncle, Clifton Pondexter, were All-American basketball players themselves and continued their basketball skills at the professional levels.
Roscoe played college basketball for Lute Olson at Long Beach State before being drafted in the third round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, the 53rd pick overall. He also played 10 years of professional basketball overseas. His uncle also played at Long Beach State before a three-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, where he was a first-round pick in the 1974 NBA Draft, the 16th player selected.
Quincy Pondexter averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game his senior season, where his powerful prep squad at San Joaquin was nationally ranked and included seven-foot twins Brook and Robin Lopez, who later starred at Stanford prior to entering the NBA two years ago.
San Joaquin finished with a 33-4 record and was one game shy of playing for a state title, as it lost a 68-67 double overtime clash to Horizon of San Diego in the 2006 Southern California Division IV championship game. Pondexter earned first-team All-California honors and was named the Division IV Player of the Year that campaign.
Pondexter was also the 2006 North Yosemite League MVP and the District Player of the Year. He was rated the fifth-best prospect in the Best in the West poll compiled by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Scout.com rated him the seventh-best small forward and 27th-best overall prospect in the nation. The Sporting News placed him 42nd on their top prep prospects list.
As a junior, Pondexter averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. In summer league competition, he was a starter at the 2004 and 2005 Adidas Superstar Camp in Atlanta. He was named MVP of the 2005 Pangos All-American Camp in Los Angeles and was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2005 Adidas Super 64 Tourney in Las Vegas.
Pondexter chose Washington over Connecticut, Memphis and other Pac-10 Conference schools, starting 22 of 32 games in 2006-07. The Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team honorable mention averaged 10.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He made 49.8% of his field goal tries and twice scored 25 points in a contest.
As a sophomore, Pondexter was utilized mostly as the Huskies' sixth man, starting nine times in 33 appearances. His scoring suffered slightly, finishing with a 9.9-point average while shooting 45.2% from the field. He increased his rebounding average to 4.8 per game and also increased his assists total from 49 the previous season to 63 in 2007-08.
Before his junior season, Pondexter participated on the USA squad that earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer World University Games in Serbia. Back with the Huskies, he earned the team's Industrial Award as the program's hardest worker. He was also named the team's Most Improved Player for the second straight season.
Back in the starting lineup for all 35 games, he averaged 12.1 points per game, connected on 51.1% of his field goals and recorded 25 steals. He also totaled 207 rebounds (5.9 rpg), as 97 of his boards came from the offensive glass.
One of the rare college players to spend all four seasons at his university, Pondexter's decision to return for his final year of eligibility saw him elevate his game, earning All-Pac-10, league All-Tournament team, USBWA and NABC All-District first-team honors and was also named fourth-team All-American by FoxSports.com. The co-MVP of the Athletes in Action preseason tournament, he was also a mid-season candidate for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award.
Pondexter again started every game, as his 695 points scored (19.1 ppg) was the third-highest season total by a Husky. His 245 field goals made also ranked third on the school season-record list, while his 186 successful free throws tied for third on that annual record chart. His rebounding average improved to 7.4 per game, as he tied his sophomore season-best with 63 assists and blocked a career-high 21 shots while also coming up with 46 steals, his most in a campaign at UW.
GAME ANALYSIS Averaged 22 ppg, 11 rpg, shot 63.9% (23-36) from the field and 95.2% (20-21) from the free throw line in Athletes in Action Classic, as he was named co-MVP of the tournament with Isaiah Thomas...Recorded a double-double vs. Belmont, with 25 pts and 11 reb, while shooting 11-11 from the line...Scored 29 points (11-12 fg) and tied his career high with 13 rebounds vs. Portland State, including 20 points and 9 rebounds by halftime...Had his first 30-plus point game of his career vs. San Jose State to go with 15 rebounds...Added 31 points at Texas Tech and had a career-best five steals vs. Georgetown...Recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Texas A&M...Added 22 points on 10 of 12 from field vs. San Francisco and had his second-consecutive game with three blocks...Notched his fifth double-double of the season vs. Ohio State (20 pts/10 reb) and delivered his sixth double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds vs. Stanford, including a career-high 12 FGs...Tallied 25 points (21 in first half) and 11 of 11 FT's vs. California and hit a career-best 4x4 three-point field goals at UCLA, scoring 23 points... Collected his seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season with 27 points (22 in the first half) and 11 rebounds vs. Seattle in a season-low 25 minutes, followed by 29 points (19 pts in first half) and 12 assists vs. Washington State (scored 29 points vs. WSU and became the 9th UW player to eclipse 1,500 career points)...Hit 10 of his career-high 15 free throw attempts on his way to 30 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, vs. Arizona...Registered 20 points on senior night vs. UCLA, including 8 points in his first five minutes...Set career highs with 34 points, 14 field goals and 18 attempts at Oregon, as he also dished a season-high six assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for his tenth double-double...Averaged 15.3 ppg, shot 90% from the line and was named to the Pac-10 All-Tournament team...Scored 18 points, including the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds remaining, and had 11 rebounds for 11th double-double vs. Marquette, as he averaged 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Earned the team's Industrial Award as the program's hardest worker...Also named the team's Most Improved Player for the second straight season...Participated on the USA squad that earned a bronze medal at the summer World University Games in Serbia...Averaged 12.1 points (422 total) on 51.1% shooting from the field (165 of 323) and 74.2% from the foul line (89 of 120)...Snatched 207 rebounds (5.9 rpg) with 55 assists, 13 blocked shots and 25 steals...Underwent hernia surgery following the conclusion of the season.
2008-09 SEASON Grabbed eight rebounds in the opener at Portland...Scored 15 points and had nine rebounds vs. Cleveland State, as he went 6-for-9 from the field vs. the Vikings...Registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Pacific...Handed out eight assists vs. Texas Southern...Scored 21 points vs. Portland State, as he went 10-for-18 from the field, including a crucial tip-in with 0:26 seconds left in the tight game...Totaled 16 points with seven rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of action at Washington State, as he went 7-for-10 from the field in the 20-point win over the Cougars...Scored 14 points vs. Stanford and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line vs. the Cardinal...Equaled his then season-high with 21 points at California, as he posted 14 in the first half at Cal...Also poured in 20 points three days later at Stanford and scored 13 in the first half...Added 20 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 8-10 free throws in the win over Oregon...Tallied 22 points at USC, the only UW player in double-figures, as he went 10-for-13 from the field (.769) with five rebounds and two steals vs. the Trojans...Led the team with 12 rebounds to go with 10 points in win over #14 Arizona State.
2009-10 SEASON Fourth-team All-American selection by FoxSports.com...All-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick and named to the league's All-Tournament team...All-District XXIV first-team pick by the NABC, adding All-District honors from the USBWA...Set the conference season-record by being named Pac-10 Player of the Week five times...Started all 36 games, ranking with the conference's leaders in numerous per game statistical categories, including: points (19.3, third), rebounds (7.4, third), field goal percentage (52.8%, sixth), free throw percentage (82.7%, sixth), offensive rebounds (3.0, third) and defensive rebounds (4.4, eighth)...Amassed 11 double-double performances during the season, giving him 15 overall during his career...Finished 64-12 at home during his four-year career, equaling the most wins at home by a UW player (Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and Artem Wallace were 64-12 during their career too)...Played 30+ minutes in 29 of 36 games he started...Averaged 21.9 points per game at home...Led the team with 265 rebounds (7.4 rpg), getting 107 offensive boards, as he also blocked 21 shots, had 46 steals and tied his career-best with 63 assists.
2007-08 SEASON Appeared in all 33 games and registered nine starts as a sophomore...Played an average of 24.4 minutes per game, as he averaged 9.9 points (327) and 4.8 rebounds (157) per game during the season as well as 1.9 assists (63)...Averaged 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his last five outings of the season...Shot 52 percent from the field and hauled in nine steals during that period...Scored in double figures on 17 occasions...Averaged 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during the Huskies' five-game tour of Greece that began in late August.
2006-07 SEASON Played all 32 games, starting 22 of them, as he was an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team...Scored 342 points (10.7 ppg) on 124 of 249 field goals (49.8%), connecting on 76 of 100 free throws...Snatched 128 rebounds (4.0 rpg) to go with 49 assists, six blocks and 21 steals...Twice registered a season-high 25 points, vs. Arizona and Idaho...One of five Huskies who averaged double-figure points for the season.
CAREER NOTES Pondexter holds the school career-record with 136 games played, as he also tied the UW mark by participating in 64 home wins...Ranks third in Husky annals in scoring with 1,786 points (record held by Chris Welp's 2,073 points, 1984-87)...His 695 points scored in 2009-10 also rank third on the school season-record chart behind Welp (729 in 1986-87) and Bob Houbregs (846 in 1952-53)...Scored at least 20 points in 30 contests, the fourth-highest career total by a Washington player...Placed fifth on the UW all-time record list with 652 field goals made, as his 245 successful field goals as a senior is the third-best season total in Washington annals...Also ranks third on the season-record list with 186 free throws made in 2009-10...Scored in double figures in 85 of 136 games played (third-best in school history), including 42 times in his final 50 contests...Scored 20-plus points in 19 of last 38 games dating back to the 2009 NCAA Tournament game vs. Mississippi State.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended San Joaquin (Fresno, Calif.) Memorial High School...The All-American averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game his senior season, where his powerful prep squad at San Joaquin was nationally ranked and included seven-foot twins Brook and Robin Lopez...The team finished with a 33-4 record and was one game shy of playing for a state title, as it lost a 68-67 double overtime clash to Horizon of San Diego in the 2006 Southern California Division IV championship game...Also earned first-team All-California honors and was named the Division IV Player of the Year that campaign...Was the 2006 North Yosemite League MVP and the District Player of the Year...Rated the fifth-best prospect in the Best in the West poll compiled by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Scout.com rated him the seventh-best small forward and 27th-best overall prospect in the nation...The Sporting News placed him 42nd on its top prep prospects list...As a junior, Pondexter averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE: In summer league competition, Pondexter was a starter at the 2004 and 2005 Adidas Superstar Camp in Atlanta...Named MVP of the 2005 Pangos All-American Camp in Los Angeles and was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2005 Adidas Super 64 Tourney in Las Vegas.
PERSONAL Business Education major...Pondexter was the third member of his family to star at San Joaquin Memorial High School...His father, Roscoe, and uncle, Clifton Pondexter, were All-American basketball players themselves and continued their basketball skills at the professional levels...Roscoe played college basketball for Lute Olson at Long Beach State before being drafted in the third round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, the 53rd pick overall. He also played 10 years of professional basketball overseas...His uncle also played at Long Beach State prior to a three-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, where he was a first-round pick in the 1974 NBA Draft, the 16th player selected...Born 3/10/88...Resides in Fresno, California.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has excellent bloodlines, with both his father and uncle former NBA players...Has the long wingspan (7'0") that teams look for in a small forward, along with very good straight-line quickness (has lateral agility issues, though)...Gets tremendous elevation and uses that long wingspan to go out and challenge shooters on the perimeter...Still working on developing his jumper, but has good balance and a quick initial burst to slash by a lethargic defender on the way to the rim...Solid free throw shooter who uses his body well to draw contact...Stays low in his stance and keeps his arms active on the defensive end and is not the type who will get reckless or leave his feet too early when trying to knock down an opponent's shot...Limited ball handler, as he gets in a lot of trouble with his loose dribble, but shows functional precision with his passes and would rather feed the ball out to a teammate than take an ill-advised shot (averaged 1.7 assists per game)...Runs the floor well and does a good job of creating separation from his man, timing his leaps well to get the maximum elevation when firing off his still-developing mid-range jump shot...Has worked hard to eliminate the hitch in his set shot and gets good follow-through...Demonstrates quick wrist action on his passes and is a classic high flyer around the rim, doing a nice job of getting around the defender for put-backs off the offensive boards...Has improved his ability as a weak-side defender coming to block the opponent's shot...Lacks ideal lateral agility, but can cover ground quickly and uses his frame well to stay in front of his man and be an efficient pressure defender...Looks better when he plays a face-up, one-on-one game...Shows a strong drive to the basket and when the bigger forwards get a bit lethargic and fail to put their body on him, he is capable of slipping off and getting all over the offensive glass...Plays with good energy and has developed into a decent dunker...Generates a very good lift when going for the rebound, but you would like to see him time those leaps better and be more aggressive when he should be blocking shots...His angular frame might not indicate it, but he has good core strength for a wiry athlete...Knows his role within the system and plays with a high motor, as he has become a crowd favorite for his all-out hustle, especially diving for loose balls...Has more than enough straight-line speed to get in front on fast breaks and when he gets a clear lane, he can explode off the ground to get to the basket...Uses efficient pump fakes and hesitation moves to get his man to commit too early and has that low center of gravity to slash by his man...Uses that long wingspan to consistently finish vs. help defenders and shows good hands to work well with his guards in transition...Savvy player, perhaps learning from his father and uncle (both NBA players) how to out-combat smaller forwards and slip under the more bigger and physical ones when attacking the offensive glass on put-backs.
Negatives: Has a strong inside game, especially for a player with his wiry frame, but has yet to develop an NBA-caliber mid-range jumper, and until late in his senior year he was a marginal shooter from three-point range...Has defenders salivating any time he puts the ball on the floor, as his loose handle and high dribble have led to a high amount of turnovers...Not that good at creating his own shot and while he will look for a better scoring option in an open teammate, he will get a bit impatient and take a lot of chances executing his jumper, despite inconsistent footwork and release point...Has very good work ethic, but needs to make quicker decisions with the ball in his hands...Much more comfortable with his face-up game, as he does not do a great job with his back to the basket (not good at taking his man off the dribble)...Because of a lack of lateral agility, he has to hope for a clear lane or draw contact with his straight-line charge, as he is not the type who can redirect or try a spin move to escape...Has to do a better job of extending his arms and getting a higher and quicker release when challenged to shoot from the perimeter.
Compares To: BOBBY SIMMONS, New Jersey -- Pondexter has very good straight-line quickness and that long wingspan teams look for in a small forward and is explosive leaving his feet and attacking the basket, whether as an inside scorer or going for the rebound. However, he appears stiff in his hips when having to change direction, limiting his ability to separate from a pressing/help defender. He is still a work in progress with his jump shot and is still too erratic as a perimeter shooter to be trusted firing the ball from long range. The finger injury is not helping him much, as it prevented him from showing his wares to team execs at the recent Chicago pre-draft camp. If he can develop a jump shot, he would be worth a late first round draft pick.