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April 13, 2007 at 5:02 AM

More on Overton, Nelson

Up early today so thought I’d make sure to pass this along, our story today on UW’s signing of Venoy Overton, as well as a little more on the transferring of Phil Nelson.
I talked a little bit with Nelson Thursday and he confirmed what UW coach Lorenzo Romar had said about why he’s leaving, that he didn’t think he fit in and would simply be more comfortable at Portland State, a quote you can find in the story.
Nelson spent the afternoon playing a pickup game with the rest of the Huskies, who say he will missed.
“He’ll always be a teammate and a friend, but I guess he just kind of had to leave,” said Jon Brockman.
As for Overton, Romar definitely seemed excited to finally have him officially on board.
As has been detailed earlier, Overton, a Franklin High senior, had committed to USC in the fall but began rethinking things when the Trojans took a commitment from highly touted PG Brandon Jennings for the class of 2008 (interesting that Jennings has apparently since said he’s rethinking things as well, apparently now also considering Arizonan and UConn).
The Huskies then got involved, in part when a scholarship opened up for this year with the academic problems of Isaiah Thomas that caused him to go to a prep school and delay his college entry by a year.
“We always had been interested in him but at the time we couldn’t work it out here so instead of just holding him up, we said ‘do what you’ve got to do,”’ Romar said of Overton’s initial commitment to USC. “But he ended up not signing so it ended up working out for us.”
Romar said one thing he likes about Overton is the fact that he already considers himself a Husky. Romar remembers seeing Overton kiss the W on the court at Hec Ed during the Martin Luther King Classic in January, ala the way Will Conroy so memorably did his final game as a Husky.
“Guys have had pride in being a Husky and representing this University and that’s what Venoy has,” Romar said. “He has a lot of pride and loves this University.”
BROCKMAN ON HAWES: I also asked Brockman what he thought about the decision of Spencer Hawes to declare for the NBA Draft. The two are close friends and Brockman had held out hope that Hawes wouldn’t declare.
“I think it was kind of something that I knew was going to happen because of his attitude coming in and the hype he had coming in and everyone talking about him,” Brockman said. “But I think he’s doing it the right way not signing with an agent and keeping his options open. But I kind of knew the NBA was going to be knocking on his door.”
Brockman said he thinks “there is a chance” that Hawes will still return. “He knows we’d all love to have him back,” Brockman said.
ROMAR ON HARSHMAN COURT: There’s also a note at the bottom of the story about the North practice court being renamed for Marv Harshman. Romar said it’s a fitting tribute, saying Harshman is the face of modern Husky basketball, and that the thing he enjoyed most was teaching during practice. “He always says what he misses most is practice,” Romar said.

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