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October 15, 2010 at 7:13 AM

More preseason accolades for Venoy Overton

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Every preseason list about the nation’s top defenders has included Venoy Overton (far right) and SI.com ranks the Washington senior No. 3 on its list.

I must concur. Overton is a difference-making player who makes other teams plan for him during the week.

I still remember the first UCLA game last season when the Bruins used a forward to set screens in the backcourt on Overton because he was harassing Malcolm Lee. Few players have that type of impact.

Coach Lorenzo Romar said he wants Overton to gamble less when attempting to steal this season.

“I know he tells me about being in a bad position and that’s what I got to change,” Overton said. “He doesn’t want me to really change, but he wants me to pick and choose my spots better.”

Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

WASHINGTON’S ALL-TIME STEALS LIST
Name Years Games Average Steals
Jamie Booker 1994-97 109 1.8 195
Justin Dentmon 2006-09 133 1.4 180
Bryant Boston 1992-96 99 1.7 164
Venoy Overton 2007-present 104 1.4 141
Nate Robinson 2003-05 89 1.6 140

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Former UW star Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers held a scrimmage at Garfield High last night. Before the practice, Portland coach Nate McMillan said: “”I really feel like, one day, they will get an NBA team. It’s a great city. The fans are great here, and they will support a team.”
— Oregon is being investigated by the NCAA, however, the Ducks got some good news from the NCAA, which approved the immediate transfer of guard Jay-R Stowbridge.
Oregon begins practice today without senior forward Joevan Catron. The shorthanded Ducks also held tryouts awhile back and will add non-scholarships players to the team to fill out the roster.
— UCLA students, players and coaches celebrated what would have been John Wooden’s 100th birthday.
— After a 7-5 vote, it looks like the new Pac-12 will split into divisions for football that will put UW, WSU, Oregon, OSU, Cal and Stanford in a North division and USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU, Colorado and Utah in a South division, according to USC athletic director Pat Hayden.
— The Maui Invitational will expand to 12 teams in 2011. UCLA is among the eight teams that have committed to playing in the Hawaiian tournament next year.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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