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November 10, 2010 at 7:26 AM

The Huskies will miss Quincy Pondexter

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Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
A year ago, the Washington Huskies preseason talk was all about losing Jon Brockman and replacing one of the most iconic and productive players in the history of the program.
This year most prognosticators – myself included – believe UW is better than last season’s team, which was led by Quincy Pondexter (above) who is the third all-time leading scorer in school history.
The Huskies may be better without Pondexer, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to miss him.
At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Pondexter had the muscle to defend bigger, taller players. Matthew Bryan-Amaning would take the opposing team’s biggest player and Pondexter would take the next biggest player.
If Washington continues with the small lineup it unveiled last week in its exhibition, then Justin Holiday (6-6 and 185 pounds) is forced to defend the second biggest player.


During last Saturday’s blowout win over St. Martin’s, he was assigned to Jeremy Green, a 6-7, 225-pound forward who finished with 11 rebounds and 10 points. At times, Holiday was forced to defend Saints center Blake Poole (6-5, 265) who had game-highs 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Holiday, an All-Defensive Pac-10 performer last season, is best when he’s locking down shooting guards and small forwards like Washington State’s Klay Thompson or New Mexico’s Darington Hobson. He can even defend point guards. But asking him to give up 30 pounds and bang beneath in the middle for 30 minutes is a tall order for the rail-thin senior.
“I don’t mind,” he said. “I know I’m giving up some size and I can only work with what I got. Obviously if I play behind my man, they can just back me down that’s why you got to do what he coaches teach you, work on your (defensive) techniques and trust your teammates and believe that help is going to come when you need it.”
McNeese State starting front line includes: F P.J. Alawoya (6-7, 215) F Patrick Richards (6-4, 208) and C Preston David (6-10, 215). Holiday will likely defend Alawoya.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday he’s unsure if UW can continue with the small lineup because it may be a disadvantage rebounding. St. Martin’s outrebounded Washington 42-32.
Romar may start junior F Darnell Gant (6-8, 225), however, he’s recovering from a groin injury. G Scott Suggs, who started last Saturday, played well offensively scoring 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including three three-pointers. He contributed just one rebound in 22 minutes and committed three turnovers.
Conversely junior guard Isaiah Thomas, who is the smallest player on the court at 5-9, finished with five rebounds. And freshman Terrence Ross impressed the coaching staff tallying a team-high tying six rebounds in 21 minutes.
Last season, Pondexter averaged a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.
“Quincy did things so many things, he not only scored, but he could rebound, defend and he was just an all-around leader,” sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy said. “You kind of take everything he did for granted. So yeah, we’re missing him. It showed (against St. Martin’s).
“The things he did, we’re going to have to do it as a group now. Everybody has to pitch in. Everybody has to help out rebounding, scoring and defending.”
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Everett Herald wraps-up Tuesday’s news conference with Romar and the Huskies.
— The News Tribune writes about sophomore center Aziz N’Diaye, the 7-foot JC transfer who could help UW over the Sweet 16 hurdle. Romar tells the TNT: “Every time we’ve gone to the Sweet 16, that (opposing) team looks the same. They have different jerseys, but the makeup of that team looks the same: They have size.”
— Informative write-up on the Huskies by MadduxSports.com, which is previewing the top 25 college basketball times. UW lands at No. 25.
— In our week long college basketball previews, Bud Withers takes a look at Washington State. Reggie Moore says he’s eating better, Klay Thompson is making nearly half of his three-pointers in practice and the Cougars hope to get some production from 6-foot-10 posts Charlie Enquist and Brock Motum to assists DeAngelo Casto, who is the only proven big man on the roster.
— Moore told the Kitsap Sun he worked out this summer with his cousin Aaron Brooks and former UW star Nate Robinson.
— Good game for the veterans, but Oregon State’s 71-43 exhibition win over Western Oregon was a “nervous” debut for a handful of freshmen, Ahmad Starks (four assists), Devon Collier (six rebounds), Eric Moreland (five points) and Chris Brown (two points, one rebound).
— Arizona State coach Herb Sendek is poaching a player from the football team, backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, who reportedly turned down a basketball scholarship from Gonzaga. The 6-foot-8 sophomore was rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com.
— Sendek met the media Tuesday and said ASU’s starters are: seniors Ty Abbott, Jamelle McMillan and Rihards Kuksiks, and sophomores Trent Lockett and Ruslan Pateev.

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs, top 25

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