Nov. 19, 2006
When the Huskies lost their do-everything guard in Brandon Roy they certainly had shoes to fill in many statistical categories. The 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year averaged more than 20 points per game, to go with high rebound, assist and steal numbers.
Washington has found one solution in freshman Quincy Pondexter.
Pondexter became the Huskies' fourth different leading scorer and came one rebound away from a double-double in Sunday's win over Sacramento State. In 25 minutes he scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists. After coming into the program as an unproven three-point shooter, Pondexter hit both attempts from long range and has hit 4-of-8 this season.
As for the double-double that he almost had in the first half before cooling off, Pondexter wasn't ready to admit that he noticed, at first. But he did say that he knew he needed the one rebound and was ready when he went back in the game in the last four minutes.
"I was crashing everything, but that's how I always play," he said. "Those last few minutes when I went in, I was really ready to get one."
Pondexter will likely be compared to Roy often in his career as he is an active all-around player that can score from the paint of the perimeter.
"I think he understands his strengths," Romar said. "You bring up Brandon (Roy), Brandon was really good at understanding that. Guys that stand around the perimeter and shoot threes a lot don't get to the line, and Quincy gets to the foul line."
Pondexter was 8-for-11 from the free throw line, by far more free throws than any other player in the game. He is one of four underclassmen that start for the Huskies, including two freshman.