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February 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Pondexter on UW: “They’re going to make a serious push”

After Washington’s 79-62 win, ran into Quincy Pondexter, the former Washington star and New Orleans Hornets rookie. He’s excited about the Huskies’ chances and believes the team will advance as far if not farther than last season when he carried them to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.
Here’s the interview.
(What do you think about the Huskies?) “I wish I was playing with this team. They’re a great team to watch. Sometimes that’s get forgotten because of how good they are. I know they’re going to make a serious push at the end of the season.”
(How are they different from last season?) “Maturity. They have a lot more maturity. They have a lot of great leadership and guys are really stepping up the plate and playing the best basketball that they’ve played. I know they had a little lull in the middle of the season, but they’re just a great team.”

(Do they have enough to make some noise in the postseason?)
“They have enough of everything. They have all of the pieces. They have a lot of unselfishness. Isaiah (Thomas), Matt (Bryan-Amaning) and (Justin) Holiday playing at a high level that they are. And with the guys next to them, I think they can play with anybody in the country.”

(Did you talk to them before or after the game?)
“I let them do what they do. I encourage them. I show them my support. I’m here. I’m right here. It’s my first day off and I’m right here.”
(And what does that say about you?) “That says I’m a die-hard Husky. I follow them non-stop. It’s crazy. It feels weird not being a part of this team because I committed so much of my life to the University of Washington. I’m always going to support the Huskies.”

(How is your first year in the NBA?)
“It’s going good. Not many rookies get a chance to play. I’m real excited and glad to have that opportunity.”

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