Around 6 p.m., lone UW senior Quincy Pondexter will be introduced at Hec Ed for what may be the final time. Here's our story from today's paper.
And here are some thoughts from coach Lorenzo Romar and Pondexter that didn't get into the paper.ROMAROn Pondexter: He’s matured on the floor and off the floor emensely. On the floor obviously the numbers speak for themselves and his maturity. But he’s also much more patient.
On Senior Night: I’ve seen guys handle it all kind of ways, but I’ve never seen anyone come out and not to well on Senior Night. ... When they stand their with their parents, and I stand here, somehow it happens: Everything – the four years that they were here, all that stuff flashes in front of you. All of the hours, the time they put in, the down times, the good times, and you went through this with someone and it’s great when you see he’s better now than when he came in – overall. Not just as a basketball player, as a person, the maturation process that you saw him go through, he’s ready to get his degree, he’s had some great experiences here. And you’re not going to be in the locker room anymore before the game with him anymore. You get attached to your guys and you pull for your guys. And the times that you’re on them and the times you have to discipline them, it just creates a bond and when you see him in that tunnel for the last time you realize that’s never going to happen again. And you’re happy for them because they’ll go on and be successful. But that’s the kind of stuff that runs through my head.
PONDEXTEROn Senior Night:I haven’t been trying to think about it too much. It’s crazy to see the four years come to a close here at Hec Ed. I’m going to truly miss this place. I love everything about the University of Washington. I’m truly a Husky. I’ve adopted the City of Seattle. I’m going to really miss this place.
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On if he expects to tear up: I don’t know. I have no clue. Who knows? It’s going to be truly emotional, but the big indicator of that is if my mom or dad does, or the sister and brother that will be joining me as I get called out. To see all the fan here showing support, and before a national audience, it’s going to mean a lot to me.