"This is something I've been dreaming about since I was a kid," Pondexter said. "I can't believe the day is here -- tomorrow that I'm going to be able to have an NBA team. I'm going to be a part of an organization and I just can't wait. I can't wait. I'm really blessed right now."
Pondexter hosted a party celebrating his imminent selection in Northwest Fresno tonight. The 6'6" forward wrapped up an illustrious career at Washington by earning All-Pac-10 honors, and finishing second on the school's all-time career scoring list.
"I'm not afraid of a challenge," said Pondexter. "I'm glad I stayed all four years. It really made me a lot better of a player and I'm going to be a lot more capable of playing minutes next season because of playing four years."
Scouts like Pondexter's rebounding tenacity and his maturity on the basketball court. But Pondexter says it's the intangibles that he brings, that separates him from other potential draft picks.
"How hard I play," said Pondexter. "I compete at a very high level on the court. I come out and give 110% and I'm and old veteran guy in this game compared to the other college guys. I'm going to bring a lot of good attributes to whatever organization takes me."