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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

The new, improved and slower Venoy Overton

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Photo credit: Jim Bates
Venoy Overton (above) leads the Pac-10 with a 2.5 assists-to-turnover ratio (32 assists/13 turnovers) in conference-only games.
It’s been an inconsistent year for the 5-11 junior guard. He started the first third of the season and subbed for an ailing Isaiah Thomas last week.
As a starter in eight games, Overton is averaging 25.1 minutes and 7.9 points per game. As a reserve in 13 games, he’s averaging 9.5 points and 21.2 minutes. He’s also shooting better (47 percent to 38.6 percent) as a backup.
In the past two games, Overton had eight and seven assists.
THE OVERTON INTERVIEW:
(What’s been the difference with you lately?) “I’ve been helping my teammates get easier shots and they’ve been helping me by knocking down shots. By them knocking down shots, it’s been opening up things more for me. That’s why I haven’t been turning over the ball as much. I guess, I’m just growing up as a player.”
(Are you slowing down?) “Definitely. I try to have a change of speed. I know I’m very quick with the ball so having that change of speed and turning it up to that extra notch throws defenders off and makes it easier to get past them and set somebody else up.”

(Are you seeing the floor better?)
“Definitely. Scott Suggs has been getting more minutes so I know he’ll come in and knock down shots. Elston (Turner) when he gets in, you know how that is. Our bigs have stepped up a little bit and they’ve been finishing some easy buckets on the rim. I just credit my teammates.”
(Speaking of Suggs, it seems like you instinctively know he’s going to be in the corner whenever you drive.) “When I look up, I automatically look to my wings because I know they’ll be running.”
COACH LORENZO ROMAR ON OVERTON:
“He’s focusing on just playing basketball. I don’t think he’s looking maybe to score poitns as much and it’s ironic. I don’t think he’s looking to score as much and yet he’s scoring more. It’s funny how that works. A lot of times scoring can be like being handcuffed. The harder you try to take them off, the tighter they get. Sometimes scoring is like that.
“Venoy is capable with his speed and quickness to just go out and play. Then when guys are open, get them the basketball. And still score points himself. He’s done a really good job that way.”
(Has he slowed down in the past few weeks?) “I think he’s beginning to learn how to switch gears. There’s a case to be made for someone that is constantly going full speed that you can prepare yourself for that. When you have the speed he has and when you change gears, it’s hard to prepare for that really high gear.
“He’s done much better at picking his spot. I thought he did a really good job of picking his spots on defense. Sometimes he can reach a little too much and he anticipates steals. I thought in the Washington State game, he just kind of picked his spots a little better and that’s when he’s most dangerous.”
(What was his turning point?) “I haven’t looked specifically and dissected it, but UCLA he didn’t play very many minutes, but the week before I thought he did a good job. He’s been playing good for awhile. He’s had a couple of lapses. We’ve played nine conference games. The (USC) game was certainly offensively, a game where he turned the corner in terms of scoring. When we made the lineup change, he started scoring in double figures and that was before that trip.”
MORE NOTES:
— No changes in the starting lineup or rotation.
— Walk-on Brendan Sherrer was the media star today. He had interviews with FSN, KOMO-TV and another station. Sherrer, the former Dawg Pack member, has scored in each of the past two games.
Pondexter on Sherrer: “Every time he gets into the game, it’s a joy to me because he is a great person. He’s a great story. He’s a great kid. For him to have a chance to go from the Dawg Pack to being on the court, it’s a dream come true to him and it’s so much fun to watch him out there on the court getting buckets. It’s pretty cool.”
— Pondexter will likely move past James Edwards (1,548 points) into sixth place on UW’s all-time scoring list this week. He has 1,517 points.
— On his Twitter page, Thomas said he wanted to play football next season.
Romar on Thomas: “I wanted to play football too. (How did that go for you?) I did up until eighth grade. … That Twitter stuff, you just get to put anything on there. And it works I guess if you’re asking me if he’s going to play football. I guess it works.”
— The team shop began selling a No. 20 Pondexter t-shirt last Saturday. Sells so far have been modest. The only jerseys for sale are Thomas’ No. 2, Jon Brokman’s No. 40 and Brandon Roy’s No. 3. Still no plans from the school to sell the black jerseys.
— There’s about 100 tickets remaining for the Arizona and Arizona State games, according to a school spokesman.
— Arizona received an oral commitment from Westchester (Calif.) High point guard Jordin Mayes. He considered Cal, Boston College and Utah. The Huskies recruited Mayes early on, but they never offered a scholarship.

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