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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

August 21, 2007 at 6:54 PM

Practice update, Overton, more

Here are a few news and notes concering the UW basketball team:
— The Huskies have been practicing since Friday and will do so the rest of the week before leaving Monday for Greece. Unfortunately, UW has been down to six players for full-out practice on a few occassions as Joe Wolfinger is still limited while Ryan Appleby (back) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) have had to sit out a few times with minor ailments. Goods news is sounds as if will will be able to play in Greece, though as we’ve noted here before, Wolfinger isn’t going to just suddenly emerge as a 30-minute-a-game guy. This is the beginning of what could be a lengthy process to get him back.
— With those three limited, former Huskies Spencer Hawes, Brandon Roy and Jamaal Williams have been working out with the team on occassion. One person who has seen Hawes play this summer said he seems so much more relaxed than he did last season and said he wondered if we won’t all look back in a few years and contemplate how much the NBA decision weighed on Hawes throughout his one year with the Huskies. His point was that Hawes might have always been so distracted and worried by his future that he never really was able to devote everything to the Huskies.
— One player said to look pretty improved so far is Adrian Oliver, who has apparently become a more consistent three-point shooter. That’s good news for the Huskies, who will need some added outside shooting this year; and for Oliver, who needs to create a decisive role on the team with so many guards coming in the next few years.
— Also told that Joel Smith has looked good adding athleticism and toughness on the perimeter, things that were lacking a year ago, especially on the defensive end.
— Concerning Venoy Overton, I talked with him briefly today and he confirmed other reports that he has finished up his summer course work and got the grades he needed. “I feel real good about it,” he said. However, there are still some steps before he gets eligible as his academic work now has to be approved by the NCAA, and he also apparently has to meet before a committee. Overton said he hopes to know in a week or two, but we also all know that it’s often impossible to predict when the NCAA is involved. So while it sounds promising, it’s also not a done deal yet.

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