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January 15, 2008 at 8:21 PM

On the freshmen

One thing I think became evident last week is that the Huskies are likely to begin playing freshmen Venoy Overton and Matthew Bryan-Amaning more regularly.
The two have each played in every game, and Overton has nine starts (MBA three). But both also have had games where they have seen little action, something that I think may become rarer.
Overton may remain in the starting lineup this week after returning against Oregon. Overton had kind of a rough day against USC going 1-4 with four turnovers in 19 minutes. But UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the team was determined to see how Overton would do in the face of some adversitiy and left him in the game even after some of those turnovers when maybe he would have been pulled earlier in the season.
“I don’t think he had his best game, but we didn’t have our best game as a team,” Romar said of Overton. “But we’ve got confidence in him.”
MBA, meanwhile, played a total of 35 minutes in the two LA games and Romar said “I feel like he may be turning a corner a little bit. … he’s making progress.”
MBA had one block and Romar said “he was a presence” around the hoop on both ends of the floor and that he thought the USC game turned a bit against UW when he went out with his fourth foul, which was right around the time the Trojans began their 14-0 run.
The other freshman on the active roster, Justin Holiday, has seen little time of late with just seven minutes in Pac-10 play (all in garbage time in the LA trip). But Romar continues to say there may be times when Holiday will see action, particularly if a matchup looks favorable.

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