Quincy Pondexter, Hornets SF: I'm Praying Jake Locker Wins the Heisman

Angie MeyerContributor IIAugust 5, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 20:  Forward Quincy Pondexter #20 of the Washington Huskies dunks the ball against the New Mexico Lobos during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 20, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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It's only been a few months since NBA rookie, New Orleans Hornets small forward, Quincy Pondexter played a mean game of hoops at the University of Washington.

With a promising NBA career ahead of him, his progression in the league is almost certain.

However, this rookie NBA'er stills wears a husky heart on his sleeve. The Washington alum remains true to his school, and is all smiles when chatting up his alma mater.

We caught up with Pondexter at the at the Power Balance Goes All-In For A Cure event at Drai's Hollywood Tuesday, and he expressed an undying love for the Husky gridiron, telling us, "I'm looking forward to the start of football season."

The NBA baller, whose mind shifted to another sport, has been lobbying for good friend and Washington quarterback Jake Locker to win the Heisman this year. Locker is considered by many as the front runner for the coveted trophy.

Pondexter tells Glam Girls, "I'm friends with Jake. He's got a lot of pressure on him. I don't know if he's going to win the Heisman, but he's up there. He's a tremendous player. There's a lot of great teams out there, and great players. I'm praying that he wins the Heisman. I definitely support him."

Pondexter, picked 26th by the Washington Wizards, and traded to New Orleans, put forth an amazing show last month. While playing at Summer League in Las Vegas, he earned a single game high of 26 points.

"We learned a lot on the basketball court. Summer league is a great transition to NBA live." Pondexter recalls.

The stand-out rookie is competing for minutes, and he knows he'll have to make those minutes count come fall.

In the meantime, he's relishing his new life as a pro player, pointing out a drastic contrast from his college days. "It's a lot different. You don't have dorm and eat cafeteria food anymore, and you get to come to stuff like this," Pondexter said.

Pondexter, who majored in sociology at University of Washington, tells us he's a self-proclaimed "smart guy."

Quincy Pondexter's beloved Huskies and Jake Locker will take the field September 11th in their first home game against Syracuse.

The team can be certain they'll have a special NBA fan cheering from the sidelines.