Washington senior forward Quincy Pondexter (right) hired Bob Myers of the Wasserman Media Group as his agent.
I had a chance to talk to Myers, who said Pondexter is training in Los Angeles and Seattle in preparation for the NBA Combine which is May 19-23 in Chicago. From there he’ll work out individually for some teams before the June 24 draft.
A sampling of internet mock drafts suggest Pondexter will be selected late in the first round or in the second.
HoopsHype.com and DraftExpress.com have him going No. 29 to Orlando. NBAdraft.net projects he’ll be the first pick in the second round (No. 31 overall) to New Jersey.
Here’s a quick interview I had with Myers.
(How did you and Quincy find each other?) “A couple of ways. We’ve had good success with players out of that university dating back to Brandon Roy to Spencer Hawes to Jon Brockman and Martell Webster. Although he didn’t officially end up there, he was planning on going there. So we had good success in the area. I’ve done a good job for those players, managing their careers both in the draft and beyond. The other kind of avenue that we shared is coach (Lorenzo) Romar was my assistant at UCLA so I know Coach Ro and (Cameron) Dollar was my teammate at UCLA as well. I’ve been lucky enough to have some people in the area and that’s been helpful in recruiting guys from the school.”
(What do you think of Quincy as a NBA prospect?) “I think he’s got a great potential. He’s one of the few players that I think is ready to play now. I think his maturity will help him be drafted high because his learning curve isn’t as steep as a lot of players in the draft whereas you look at the draft and you see a lot of underclassmen. I think Quincy is a guy that a coach will look at and say I can put him in a game now and he can help me whereas a lot of other players may not be physically ready or mentally mature enough to make the transition. I think he’s in the rare category.”
(Does he remind you of anybody?) “I think a little bit of Gerald Wallace. A smaller Gerald Wallace, an athlete that can do a lot of different things. Rebound. Defend. Use his athleticism to score. Desmond Mason comes to mind a little bit. Guys like that who can use their physical mature and athletic fitness and strength both offensively and defensively to get to where they want to go on the floor. He’s one of those types of players.”
(Where do you think he’ll go in the draft?)
“Until he actually hits the road and starts working out, I think it’s tough to gauge. It would be pure speculation right now. I believe he’ll be a first-round pick, I just don’t know in what area he’ll end up. A lot of it depends on a team’s need. A lot depends on how he works out. But I think he’ll get the opportunity because teams like him enough to go work out against some of the top players and he’ll get seen by some of the top teams. The opportunity for him is there. I think he’ll do well because staying in school much like Brandon did for four years, you leave school with a sense of accomplishment, with a sense of maturity and with a sense of confidence that a lot of players don’t have. And you’re more self-sufficient. You carry yourself in a way to enter the NBA, which is a man’s game.”
(Can prospects really improve their status in workouts or do the NBA people put more value in what a player did in college?) “Ironically, sometimes more weight is given to a two-hour workout than a six-month season. The reason being, a lot of these presidents of organizations and head coaches haven’t seen these players in person. They don’t have time. They send out a regional scout or director of scouting to scout them and tell them who they should bring in. But beyond that for a president of an organization to get out and see games sometimes they just don’t do it and they can’t cover all of their grounds. So sometimes the first time a player is inside an organization’s facility is the first time a coach has seen him play and half time it’s the first time the president has seen him play. Although I believe more should be based on your body of work in college, a lot – a heckuva lot – is based on how you show in that two hours in that time you spend with that individual team. And players can be drafted off of that.
“What people sometimes don’t realize is it’s not a consensus. It’s one team that makes the selection for the player they like. A player may be drafted 10th and if that team didn’t take him at 10, he may not go to 25. But since that team liked him so much they took him at 10. Now John Wall and a lot of the players at the top, yes there’s a consensus. But after the first 5-6 guys, it’s anybody’s guess. Some of it is based on need, some teams are rebuilding, some are saying we just need to add one young piece. It’s 30 teams. It’s 30 individuals. So it can go in a lot of directions.”
(Who will Quincy work out for?) “Most teams in the first round, it’s just a question of fitting them all in. At this stage, it’s probably too premature to say where we’ll end up going first. He’s got a broad range of teams that want to see him. So for him it’s just going to be pinpointing where we think is the most logical place to start is. At this point, nothing is scheduled. Nothing is set. I think all we know now is there is a great interest in seeing him from most of the teams in the first round.”