Chad Ford has been covering the NBA Draft for ESPN for a long time and has gained national respect for his insight on the top college and international basketball prospects. Last season Washington fans tracked the national analysis on Jon Brockman to gain an understanding for where he would fall in the draft, this season fans will be scouring for news on Quincy Pondexter.
It appears that it may be a bit easier to track news on Pondexter’s draft status as he has captured the eyes of scouts as a possible first round draft selection. Yesterday Ford only cemented this belief when he had a new blog post on the top seniors in the country.
Guess who was #1…
1. Quincy Pondexter, F, Washington
Draft range: Lottery to late first round
Pondexter came in as a heralded freshman but went on to disappoint his first two-and-a-half years at Washington. He started to come on midway through his junior season and is off to a red-hot start as a senior. Physically, there isn’t anything Pondexter can’t do. He’s one of the top two or three athletes in the draft. His skill set, especially on the offensive end of the floor, has been much slower to develop. However, he has shown major improvement in the past year and could be one of those late bloomers who finally is starting to get it.
If he has a huge year at Washington, and improves his perimeter game, Pondexter is the one senior who has the ability to crack the lottery. If his improvements are more modest, he’s still a potential late first-round pick.
Before arriving at Washington his freshman year, the idea of Pondexter being a one-and-done player was a legitimate thought according to many. While we quickly learned that was not the case, Pondexter’s national resume fell to the point where many though he would not be drafted at all whenever he entered the draft. But like Brandon Roy, Pondexter has gained through staying four years at Washington to build a legitamite lottery type resume for NBA teams.
Following Pondexter’s season as he works to possibly achieving what Ford has laid out for him will be one of the most intriguing stories of the year.
By June, there should be another player on the Tracking Seattle list.