Huskies Men | Pondexter will pass on draft
Washington forward Quincy Pondexter was the only player named as an honorable-mention selection to the Pac-10 all-freshman team Monday. That made him, apparently, the...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington forward Quincy Pondexter was the only player named as an honorable-mention selection to the Pac-10 all-freshman team Monday.
That made him, apparently, the seventh-best freshmen in the conference behind the six that were named to the team, including teammate Spencer Hawes.
And while it might not have been quite what some expected when the highly touted Pondexter arrived at UW, it was also proof that he has begun to display a lot more of that potential on a consistent basis.
"I'm finally settling in," Pondexter said Monday.
Apparently for the long haul.
Pondexter said before the Stanford game on Feb. 11 that he would re-evaluate his options after the season and consider whether to declare for the NBA draft. On Monday, he said it's just about a certainty that he will return for his sophomore year.
"I love being here, and you never want to leave or do anything different when you feel your team is going to win and be real special in the future," he said. "So I feel I'm planning on staying here."
His apparent change in stance on next season coincides with him seeming to become more comfortable with his role on the team.
He has averaged 10 points the past four games after hitting double figures once in the previous 12 games.
"Coach [Lorenzo] Romar has taught me a lot this year," Pondexter said. "It's been an up-and-down year but it's finally starting to click."
Prepping for a fight
The Huskies spent their afternoon practice preparing for their Pac-10 tournament opener Wednesday against Arizona State, which won two of its final four conference games after an 0-14 start in Pac-10 play.
And while many UW fans may already be looking ahead to a second-round game with Washington State, forward Jon Brockman said the team can't follow suit.
"They've proven throughout the year that they've been in every single game," Brockman said of ASU. "We can't even look at the bracket and position ourselves and say, 'All right, what's our second or third game?' We've got to take care of our first game first."
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