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February 26, 2007

More on Overton

Posted by Bob Condotta at 8:10 PM

I'll try to address a few of the questions that have arisen regarding today's news on Venoy Overton:

--- First, I think the scholarship situation may be just this simple --- Tim Morris becomes a walk-on, if needed, and Darnell Gant may not make it in due to grades. From what I know, this has nothing to do with anything regarding Spencer Hawes. But obviously if he leaves, that opens up another scholarship. Two of those three is all that is needed to happen to make this work out.

--- From what I've been told, the UW coaches really value Overton for his defense, quickness and athleticism. UW's guards have had trouble defending all season and it's thought Overton could make a big difference there immediately, on top of whatever offense and ballhandling he will add.

--- As for Overton, he was rated as the No. 26 PG in the country this year by

Here's the Star Times list for Saturday that included Overton and has his stats.

Here's a Sideline Smitty column from earlier this year that included this quote from an anonymous coach that "I don't know if there is a player who works as hard as he does on both ends of the court for 32 minutes.''

Here's the story from the final game of the state tournament last year when Overton scored 20 points as Franklin won going away.

--- It sounds as if Overton began reconsidering his recruiting after USC took a commitment in November from Brandon Jennings, a Class of 2008 player regarded as one of the best junior point guards in the nation. That was on top of the signing of O.J. Mayo, who may also play some point guard. So it sounds as if USC knew there was a chance they might lose Overton, but took that risk to take those other players. Overton committed to USC in September but didn't sign due to concerns over his academics.

--- As for Jamelle McMillan, he originally committed to North Carolina State, where his father, Nate, played. That was when Herb Sendek was coach. When Sendek went to Arizona State, McMillan followed him there.