Pondexter Earns University Games Roster Spot
Big news from Colorado Springs today that Husky Quincy Pondexter was one of 12 players to earn a roster spot on the USA World University Games team. Pondexter, who is still recovering from off-season hernia surgery, obviously impressed the selection committee enough to earn this huge honor.
Quincy is the lone player from the Pac-10 Conference on the roster, but there are some familiar faces that will be joining him in Belgrade, Serbia for the tournament. Oklahoma State's James Anderson, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado -- opponents from last season -- all made the team too. Quincy will have all bragging rights over Anderson and Varnado, but Hummel will hold rights over Pondexter.
For the complete release and entire roster, click here.
Here are a few quotes from Quincy Pondexter and Lorenzo Romar on making the team:
"To have a chance to represent my country, the University of Washington, Fresno, and my family at the international level is just a great, thrilling opportunity,"
How did the repaired hernia hold up during the tryouts: "It really tested it. I didn't think I was going to make it through. But I just fought through it. The workouts were pretty tough and we played a lot of basketball. It was just a great experience."
What are your impressions of your teammates: "They're all terrific players. We'll see how good they all are this upcoming week during practice. But everyone is very excited and we can't wait to get at it."
What is it like to have one of your own make the team?: "It really is exciting, especially since it is Quincy. Going into his senior year, I think it is a great opportunity for him to represent his county and USA Basketball. He will have an opportunity to play with and against some very good basketball players, so I think it will be a great springboard for him as he heads into next season."
Was it even more impressive that he made the team knowing he is not playing at 100 percent?: "I was really impressed because he is obviously not in the best condition because of the surgery. He still went out and gave it his all despite all of that and was good enough to make the team."
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