So, too, does walking into the Washington locker room to hear about it from players who wondered why their teammate, the one with the least rhythm, was the one chosen to dance, and from trainers who turned him into a tutu-wearing ballerina with an assist from Photoshop.

Pondexter smiles, but not at all sheepishly, about all of this.

It is part of the ride, as much a part of the college experience as being one of the M.C.'s for a black-tie university fund-raiser; finishing his degree in sociology, which he will do this week; or hitting the last-second shot to win an N.C.A.A. tournament game, which he did last week.