By Richard Kent
Updated: November 22, 2005
NEW JERSEY–In a recent poll of Rutgers University basketball fans they were asked who the greatest Rutgers basketball player was.The usual answers of Roy Hinson,James Bailey,Eddie Jordan and Phil Sellers did not appear.Instead it was Sue Wicks,a former National Player of the Year.But there was an asterisk.If Cappie Pondexter has a great senior season it will be her.And she will.
The John Marshall High School graduate had an opportunity to enter the WNBA draft last year but she came back for her senior season.For one reason.To win a National Championship.She has never even been to a Final Four.It was an Elite Eight loss to Tennessee that led to her desire to come back.
Pondexter is already picked as a First team All American and preseason Big East Player of the Year.The first time a non-UConn player has been picked in years.
She is a combo guard.A point who can play the two also.She led the team in rebounding in many games.She has a great supporting cast this season.Matee Ajavon is one of the best sophomores in the country.So is Essence Carson.They are both injured right now and that could hurt.
The Rutgers 5th year senior has plenty of international experience.She played on the under 22 team this summer and led them to a gold medal.She was the co-captain.
Pondexter missed the first semester of last season and when she came back led her team to upset wins over Texas,Tennessee and LSU.She grabbed the attention of the national media at that time and hasn’t lost it since.
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer has never won a National Champioship.She has taken three teams to the Final Four,including Rutgers.Pondexter is a big fan of hers and wants to win it for her coach.She chose Rutgers over UConn,Illinois and DePaul.
Pondexter knows that she will play at the next level.She knows that she will star at the next level.But she has unfinished business in college and does not want to leave until she achieves the ultimate goal.A National Championship in Boston.If desire,competitiveness and ability are any sign then Rutgers might be hoisting the banner in the Spring.Nothing would make Pondexter happier.