In the days leading up to tonight’s game, UW senior Quincy Pondexter didn’t say much about his relationship with former teammate Adrian Oliver, other than that they had only spoken once since Oliver left UW in 2007.
After UW’s win over Oliver and San Jose State tonight, Pondexter filled in the blanks.
“Adrian, he got what he wanted,” Pondexter said. “He got a school where he can score as many points as he wants. But we’re winning games. He scored 32, I got the win.”
If there seems to be some bitterness in that answer, there apparently was.
“I felt stranded,” he said. “(Oliver) left me as a teammate. He left me as a friend. He left me with the rent.”
That last part drew some laughter from those who heard it, and even a smile from Pondexter. But he went on to make it clear that rent wasn’t the only price he paid.
“That was the last person that I was close to,” Pondexter said. “It was really tough my sophomore year. People bond with people in their recruiting class: you come in together, you’re friends. And I was kind of alone sometimes. It was a heart-breaking year for me to see everyone go.”
In addition to Oliver, fellow-freshmen Spencer Hawes and Phil Nelson also left UW: Hawes for the NBA and Nelson for Portland State.
On Friday, Oliver stuck with the rosier side on his homecoming.
“It was fun,” he said. “It was a fun game, fun environment. It was a good challenge for a team. The only thing is, we came out short. You know, against No. 14 in the country, we fought them hard, but we’re still not satisfied. It was fun coming back here and seeing a lot of old faces, saying hello, and it was just a good game.”