The Washington Huskies looked solid last night despite former Husky Adrian Oliver torching them for a good 30 points. Quincy Pondexter had some interesting things to say about Oliver leaving the Husky program. Check out his quote here .
Speaking of Pondexter, he has impressed me throughout these first four games. He has picked up right where he left off after his stellar play in the NCAA tournament in March. I don't know how he's reached this level of play, but there is no doubt that he is a different player from last season.
In these last four games, he's put up point totals of 12, 25, 29 and 30. Last night, to go along with his 30 points, he had 15 rebounds. Looking at the stat line, I could have mistaken him for Jon Brockman circa 2009. I did not know Pondexter had the capability to grab 15 rebounds, but he has been able to do it. It looks like this team will be another classically dominant rebounding team, even with the loss of Brockman.
Obviously, the season is still young, and it is still too early to reach some conclusions about Pondexter and his play, but I do not foresee this guy declining. If there has been one way to characterize his play over the past three years at UW, it would easily be inconsistent. Ever since he arrived as a four-star recruit, UW fans have patiently waited for a breakout season. Pondexter did have glimpses of above-average scoring ability, but this season he has reached a new level.
Perhaps the most interesting development to come out of Pondexter's newfound scoring prowess has nothing to do with him. If Pondexter is putting up 20-point nights, what exactly happens to the production of Isaiah Thomas? Isaiah will still score at least 15 points and is just another threat for teams to zero in on. I do not think opposing teams or even Coach Romar know who this team's first option is. This makes the Huskies an extremely dangerous team that will be scoring points in the bunches.
I am looking forward to the Huskies' Dec. 12 game against Georgetown. We will see how Pondexter handles a well-capable defender and, by that time, we'll have more games to judge this Husky offense on.