Pondexter Selected 26th By Oklahoma City in the 2010 NBA Draft
June 24, 2010
NEW YORK -- Washington Husky senior Quincy Pondexter saw a lifetime dream come true and will carry on a family tradition when he was selected by Oklahoma City as the 26th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft on Thursday.
Pondexter is the third member of his family to be drafted into the NBA as his father Roscoe was a third-round pick by the Boston Celtics, 54th overall, in 1974 and his uncle Cliff was the 14th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls that same year.
Although it was almost certain he would be drafted, Pondexter was still too nervous to watch the draft unfold. As a group of his friends, family and Husky supporters watched the draft in Bank of America's Founders Club, Pondexter killed time shooting baskets in the arena's east gym.
Pondexter is the sixth player during head coach Lorenzo Romar's eight years at Washington to be selected in the NBA Draft. He joins Jon Brockman (2nd round, 38th overall, 2009 Portland), Spencer Hawes (1st round, 10th overall, 2007 Sacramento), Brandon Roy (1st round, 6th overall, 2006 Minnesota), Bobby Jones (2nd round, 37th overall, 2006 Philadelphia) and Nate Robinson (1st round, 21st overall, 2005 Phoenix) as Huskies to be selected in the last six NBA drafts. Martell Webster (1st round, 6th overall, 2005 Portland) had committed to play at Washington, but instead declared for the draft out of high school.
Pondexter led the team or was near the top in most every statistical category as a senior, including scoring (19.3 ppg, 1st), rebounds (7.4 rpg, 1st), free throw percentage (82.7%, 1st), minutes (32.3 mpg, 1st), field goal percentage (52.8%, 2nd), steals (1.3 spg, 2nd) and blocks (0.6 bpg, 3rd). He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in games played (136) and third all-time leading scorer with 1,786 points.
He wrapped up a fabulous Husky career by being named first team All-Pac-10 and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week a record five times during the season. The team won the Pac-10 Conference regular season title his junior season and won the Pac-10 Conference Tournament his senior season.
Pondexter was a John Wooden Award and Naismith Award candidate during the season. He was also a member of USA's 2009 Team World University Games bronze medal team.
Ten Huskies have now been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.