Has anyone else noticed the vast improvement of UW's Quincy Pondexter? He has been lottery pick good in the first month and a half of the season. When you watch him game to game, he seems to be filling in all the holes in his game; He has tightened up his jumper (especially from the mid range), his handles are still not NBA 2-guard level but they are much improved. Dude was already a physical freak, with his long arms and extreme bounce, but now he is pulling out NBA level moves to get his shots off. He has been very very impressive.
I agree he has been a monster BUT..... How many quality wing players has he gone up against this season? I'll answer that..maybe 1 (Patrick Christopher/Theo Robertson..California). Washington has played a soft soft schedule. Still for a wing to shoot over 50% from the field & score 20 points a game for a good team that is impressive.
Pondexter needs to lead Washington to a couple wins in the NCAA tourney while playing well in the process. That will drastically improve his draft stock.
i disagree gatorheels, being from seattle i've watched every husky game and can conclude that they've actually played pretty good teams (texas tech, cal, texas a&m, georgetown, oregon)...and quincy has already solidified himself as a top 20 pick...regardless of how far he carries them in the tournament, the guy is a ridiculously good basketball player...
heres what ive concluded about him:
super athletic, has a ton of ways to score, fills up the stat sheet quietly (averaging 1.5 spg, shooting 56% from the field), is an incredibly nice guy/very down-to-earth and intelligent, has a desire to win, has the killer-mentality, can be a legitimate 15 point, 6 rebound type guy in the NBA (a la caron butler)...he's a good rebounder too, handles are good
not a real good 3 point shooter, kind of a tweener in the NBA (SG or SF) He's long but not overly strong (he could add 10 more lbs to his 6'6 1/2'' frame...he can work on his handles even though they're decent, not the greatest passer but can definitely see the floor...hes a senior so that DESTROYS his stock unfortunately
my assessment: top 15 talent
where he'll end up: early 2nd round (because hes a senior)
people were talking about him as an nba player since his freshman year. He always had the body, length ,athleticism. But now he finally seems to be putting it all together. His handle is still not nba ready and his jumper is still a work in progress. But he is attacking the basket, playing great defense, can hit the pull up jumper and rebound and finish. I think he goes late first round.
I liked him as a late 1st rounder earlier in the year, but I haven't watched him in a while. I think he has alot of Thaddeus Young in him, he's rough around the edges but he finds the way to score and rebound pretty well. I don't think the 20 ppg he's averaging right now will translate all that well in the NBA, I think he's a 4th option at best because he's not much of a ball-handler or shooter...He scores alot of his baskets off of his quickness and athleticism. He'll be a great defender though and should have a spot in the NBA as a defensive specialist at least
TaylorCondrin- that is fine if you want to disagree but you've got to back up your statements. You must be a biased fan. Texas Tech is not a good team. Texas A&M is not a good team. Oregon is not a good team. Georgetown is the only top 25 team they have faced all year. What about the real good players he has gone head to head against? ...there aren't any.
When they played Georgetown: Pondexter was matched up against Julian Vaughn. Vaughn scored 18 points, he averages 8 per game. Vaughn isn't a pro prospect. Vaughn is purely a post player & can't guard perimeter players like Pondexter.
Against Oregon Pondexter was matched up against Jamil Wilson & EJ Singler...2 FRESHMAN... who aren't pro prospects at the moment.
Against Texas Tech he faced Singletary & Roberts...2 players most people have never heard of & certainly aren't pro prospects. Neither of them are even top 20 players in the BIG 12.
Against Texas A&M he was matched up against Roland & Sloan. They are 2 pretty good players but not pro prospects. Not to mention they are guards who are much smaller than Pondexter.
What about the rest of that cupcake schedule: Montana, Cal Northridge, Wright St, Belmont, Portland St, San Jose St, San Francisco, Portland. That isn't quality competition.
So what long athletic wing player (similar to what he will face in the nba) has Pondexter faced? 0
How many teams that Washington has faced so far will make the NCAA tourney? probably 2, maybe 3
I know Pondexter has skills but lets keep in mind who he has faced this season. Cupcake city.
That pretty much sums up the Pac 10 this year though...Cupcake city.
Yeah, it's a shame what the NBA can do to a conference. Washington State still isn't receiving much notoriety, but their time will come. As for Poindexter, I agree with llperez; his offensive skills aren't on an NBA level, but he has the length, size and quickness to become an excellent defender. If he can become a consistent spot-up shooter, then he could have a long career in the NBA.
pac 10 is down, but hardly cup cake city. 9 out of 10 teams had a .500 or better record out of conference. USC has improved significantly since they got gerrity back and blew tennessee out of the water leading by 20 the whole second half. Arizona, oregon, wash st, washington and cal all have talent as well. When UCLA is the worst team in the conference, that doesn't exactly scream cup cake city. It's just a down year where probably 2 teams will get in the tournament and the rest are NIT caliber. People proabbaly don't even watch some games and don't realize that the conference is pretty deep with okay teams.
Quincy just destroyed WSU last night. 29 and 12, on 10 of 18 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line. He dominated the middle of WSU's 2-3 zone with his midrange jumper. UW has been a huge dissapointment, but Quincy has been a huge pleasure to watch.
pondexter has great athleticism, a great physical presence, and very good jumper. He doesn not dribble well for the nba level, but that is about his only weakness. He is the most nba ready player in the pac 10 and should be contributing on an nba roster next season.
Lorenzo Romar has produced multiple NBA players who have succeeded in the NBA most notably Brandon Roy. I don't think Pondexter will be anywhere near Brandon Roy, but I do think Pondexter will find his niche and become a successful NBA player.
I picture him hitting corner 3's, and playing defense on the opponents best scorer for the Spurs. Pop would love him.
....Quincy dominated with 30 and 12 on 10 of 17 from the floor. Pac-10 Player of the year.
He looks pretty good in the tournament too.