As children, many people don’t know what they want to become in life.  However, this was not the case with Cappie Pondexter.  At the tender age of 10 years old and with the support of her brother, Ronald, Cappie Pondexter knew she wanted to play basketball.


Nicknamed CP, Pondexter’s road to the WNBA has been one of natural progression.  Fueled by determination and the love for the game, Pondexter worked diligently to improve her own game.  Born in California and raised in Chicago, this guard who stands at 5’9” was frequently challenged by boys to prove who the better player was.  Like any girl playing with all boys, Pondexter was rarely picked.  However, the more she played and the more well known she became in the Chicago area, she began to receive more respect.  Pondexter said, “I competed with guys, they would try and overpower me, but mentally, I wouldn’t let it happen.” 


Pondexter attended John Marshall High School in Chicago and was a starter during all four years.  Gatorade and USA Today selected her as the 2001 Illinois Player of the Year.  Pondexter also became the first player in her state to be twice named Illinois’ Miss Basketball.  (2000/2001)


Heavily recruited, she decided to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey.  This Scarlet Knight was named the 2003 Big East Rookie of the Year and during her rookie season, she averaged 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.9 apg and 1.8 spg all while helping lead the Scarlet Knights to the biggest turnaround in Division I.  Their record improved to 21-8 in 2002-2003 from 9-20 in 2001-2002. 


Pondexter received the 2006 Big East Player of the Year award and became the first player in Big East history to earn a spot on the All-Big East first team all four years.  She competed in four NCAA Tournaments and was a part of the team that won the 2005 and 2006 Big East Conference. 


Cappie Pondexter’s willpower led her to be drafted in the first round (second overall), by the Phoenix Mercury in April 2006.  Wearing #23 to honor her idol, Michael Jordan, Pondexter approaches basketball with a similar velocity.  Named to the 2006 All-Star game during her rookie year, Pondexter admitted she was honored that she was thought so highly of by the WNBA.  In 2007, Pondexter was honored again when selected to the 2007 All-Star Team. Later, she celebrated with the clinch of the WNBA Championship and the award of the WNBA Finals MVP.

In 2009, once again Pondexter was selected as All-Star and the Phoenix Mercury clinched the 2009 WNBA Championship.  In 2010, Pondexter was traded to the New York Liberty where her plan is to capture another championship title.


With only six years under her belt with the WNBA, Pondexter ranks in the top ten in scoring and assists in the league and was named one of the Top 15 Players in League History.


This natural born leader has repeatedly been named Captain and Co-captain of her teams from college to international basketball.  She was Co-captain of the 2005 USA World University Games Team that won the Gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record in Turkey; Co-captain of the 2003 USA World Championship For Young Women Team that captured the Gold medal with a 7-1 record in Croatia; and Co-captain of the 2002 USA World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team that finished with a 4-0 record and the Gold medal.  Pondexter was selected to be a member of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team that won the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in Beijing, China.


Like many WNBA players, during the off-season Pondexter plays ball overseas. She has played for Fenerbahce in Turkey and UMMC Ekaterinburg where her teams celebrated with the titles of the 2008 - 2010 Russian Champions and more recently 2011-12 Turkish Champions.


Inspired by the sheer love of the game, Pondexter wants to be the greatest woman to ever play the game.  She has proven time and again that she will do whatever it takes to continue to excel.


Personal Notes

When Pondexter is not on the basketball court, she is planning the development of her new company, 4Seasons Style Management, an image consultant company.

Followed by countless awards, Pondexter is undoubtedly on her way to becoming one of the greatest that has ever played the game.  Knowing that she must continue to work hard to be the best, Pondexter said, “I will love and respect the game at all costs. I will work to be a proven winner.”

 

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