Venoy Overton hyper extended his knee Monday. Coach Lorenzo Romar didnt’ know much more than that when we talked after practice because he’d only been briefed by trainers before meeting with the media.
Romar was unsure what Overton’s status is for Wednesday’s game against Nevada. He said he’ll have a better understanding after Tuesday’s practice.
It’s been a tough season so far for Overton injury wise. He pulled his left hamstring in the offseason, which forced him to miss most of training camp and the exhibition against Saint Martin’s.
Overton also took a hard spill in the second game Nov. 16 against Eastern Washington. The injury aggravated him for several weeks. He still doesn’t look as if he’s regained his usual explosiveness and quickness.
He dished out seven assists (Corrected: 11:30 a.m.) last Saturday against San Francisco, however, the 6-foot senior guard hasn’t had a steal in two games.
Overton is fourth on UW’s all-time steals list at 159. He needs five to pass Bryant Boston and assume third place. Jamie Booker (195) leads the list and Justin Dentmon (180) is second.
NOTES FROM ROMAR’S PRESS CONFERENCE:
— Washington will play at Nevada, its opponent on Wednesday, next season as part of a 2-for-1 series.
— Romar talked a lot about the Wolf Pack. He’s never coached against them before. They’re young, starting three freshmen. They’ve also added a newcomer in forward Olek Czyz, a transfer from Duke.
— Offensively speaking, Romar said the goal is to have five guys in double figures.
— On Abdul Gaddy’s improvement, Romar said: “I thought by the end of the year last year, Abdul was playing better basketball. But with what he did with conditioning and his body this summer it certainly helped. The countless hours he spent in the gym shooting the basketball. You develop confidence by practicing. You earn confidence in yourself. He put the time in. So now he’s better conditioned. He’s faster. He’s quicker and he’s shooting the ball. All of those other things that he does naturally, they begin to compliment each other.”
— Romar said he complimented Overton and Gaddy who share a 95 to 30 assists to turnover ratio. “We’ve never had that in any team I’ve been associated with,” Romar said. “Two guys at this point take care of the ball like that.”
— In addition to Gaddy, Romar said the most improved player is likely junior walk-on Brendan Sherrer.
“You got to understand at times, it was hard for him to run last year and he wasn’t able to participate in drills because the drill wouldn’t work when he was in the drill,” Romar said. “He kept a great attitude. Worked on his body. He’s a big guy now. … In practice, he pushes those guys. If they don’t box him out, he’s not only going to get the rebound, he’s going to score it.
“If Brendan Sherrer was in a conference game for whatever reason and did spot duty, I wouldn’t cringe when he’s in there.”
When asked if Sherrer could find himself in the upcoming games, Romar quickly said “no,” while the room filled with laughter.
“Again that day could be coming though. He has another year next year. … The plan isn’t we got to find Brendan more minutes, but if it worked out and Brendan were in there, I wouldn’t close my eyes saying wake me when it’s over. I think he would fine. I think he would handle himself just fine.”