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February 26, 2007 at 4:09 PM

Huskies get surprise commitment

The Washington Huskies got a big surprise gift today — a commitment from Franklin High point guard Venoy Overton.
Here’s the story that will soon be posted on our website:
The University of Washington has taken a big, and somewhat unexpected, step toward solving its point guard woes by getting a commitment from Venoy Overton of Franklin High.
Overton, a 6-foot senior, had been committed to USC but said Monday he is changing his mind and will sign with UW in April.
“I just did a lot of thinking over the last few weeks that this would be the best thing for me and my family,” Overton said.
Overton committed to USC last September but did not sign an official letter-of-intent.
While the Huskies appear to be full of scholarships for next season, Overton said he will be on full scholarship.
UW had had troubles at point guard this season with sophomore Justin Dentmon struggling.
Overton said the opportunity to make an immediate impact at that spot played a big role in his decision to change his mind.
“They said they really needed a point guard,” Overton said.
Overton said UW “was always my top choice” but that “I just got caught into that whole USC thing” when he committed to the Trojans last September.
Overton said another factor in changing his mind was “I’m not sure about the playing time and how packed in it is there and how I would fit in. I feel it’s a better fit for me at UW.”
USC’s recruiting class includes guard O.J. Mayo, considered by some as the top high school player in the country.
“Now I get to play against him,” Overton said.
Overton said he made the announcement Monday so he can concentrate on playing in the state tournament for Franklin.
“I wanted to get this out of the way so I could just play basketball,” he said.
Overton was named to the Star Times team last week after averaging 21.7 points and 5.7 assists this year for Franklin, which is 21-2 and the top-ranked 4A team in the state.
Overton said he talked with USC coaches to tell them the news. “It was tough, but they understood,” he said.
The obvious question is how the Huskies will fit him in, given that they already have at least 13 scholarships committed for next year. My answer at the moment is I don’t know.
Here’s how next year’s roster now looks:
07-08 roster
G – Ryan Appleby
G – Tim Morris
G – Justin Dentmon
F – Jon Brockman
F – Artem Wallace
G – Joel Smith
C – Joe Wolfinger
C – Spencer Hawes
F – Quincy Pondexter
F – Phil Nelson
G – Adrian Oliver
F – Matthew Bryan-Amaning
F – Darnell Gant
G – Justin Holiday
G – Venoy Overton
Maybe this is a sign that Spencer Hawes is for sure out the door, since him leaving is the most logical way that a scholarship opens. For today, the big news is simply that the Huskies have taken a definite step toward solving what has been an obvious problem this season.
UPDATED COMMENT — Remember that Tim Morris can move to walk-on status if necessary. Also, there are apparently some concerns over Darnell Gant’s academics, which would also open up a scholarship.
UPDATED — Here’s a profile of Overton from



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