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September 25, 2007

Overton eligible (UPDATED)

Posted by Bob Condotta at 3:22 PM

Word has come today that Venoy Overton has been declared eligible and will begin classes at UW tomorrow.

Overton is a guard from Franklin High who signed last spring and is expected to make an immediate impact on UW's backcourt adding depth as well as an athletic defensive presence.

"He's a leader, a winner and a hard worker,'' said UW coach Lorenzo Romar today. "Those are definitely qualities you like to have as part of your program.''

He was one of four members of UW's Class of 2007 and all four have now been admitted into school. The others are center Matthew Bryan-Amaning, forward Darnell Gant and swingman Justin Holiday.

It's a recruiting class that isn't as heralded as the class a year ago that featured Spencer Hawes, who left after one year and became a lottery pick of the Sacramento Kings.

But it's one Romar predicts can do big things at UW.

"They are not spoiled in any way,'' he said. "They want to come in, they want to work. They don't feel like the game owes them anything. That's a great thing to have. They just come in and want to be part of a team situation and give you all that they have.''

The 6-foot Overton originally committed to USC last fall but never signed with the Trojans, in part due to concerns over his academics as well as the Trojans getting commitments from other guards.

He took some on-line courses over the summer to improve his grade point average and those courses, as well as his test scores, had to get approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

That word came today and Overton is on campus and will take his first classes at UW tomorrow (Wednesday).

Romar said Overton was hanging out with a few of the other freshmen when he found out.

"He was pumped up,'' Romar said. "He was running around excited.''

Overton's addition means UW will have a full complement of 13 scholarship players for this season.

The Huskies began daily conditioning drills on Sept. 15 and can also do supervised individual workouts for a total of two hours a week. Overton will now be able to join those actitivites.

"Venoy has been watching us for a long time, so he has some idea what we are trying to accomplish,'' Romar said. "So I would imagine he will jump right in and fit right in with what we are doing.''

Here is Overton's player bio from GoHuskies.com. As you can see, he 21.1 points, 3.5 rebounds. 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals last season for Franklin.

Romar also said that guard Adrian Oliver will have minor surgery on his nose on Wednesday to repair an injury suffered during the team's trip to Greece. The injury won't sideline Oliver long, Romar said.

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