Lorenzo Romar spoke with KJR’s Mitch Levy on Monday and talked about former Husky Venoy Overton who has been charged with promoting prostitution.
The Washington coach also said he believes junior guard Isaiah Thomas, who left school with a year of eligibility remaining, will be taken in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday.
Here’s a transcript of Romar’s interview that pertains to Overton.
(What’s your overall thought on the Overton situation?) “Just crushed (and) disappointed. You know you go through battles with those that play for you and come through your program here at the University of Washington. We’ve been able to win a lot of those battles together and this one here is just very disappointing. You’d like to think that everyone is going to reach their potential in all aspects, but every once in awhile it doesn’t work that way.
(Have you had contact with Overton?) “No I have not.”
(Do you question the way you handled Overton?) “Not with the information that I had at the time. No not at all. With the information that I had at the time, I am very much at peace with the decision that was made.”
(You’re suggesting you might act differently had you known then what you know now.) “It would have been a lot different.”
(How important will basketball be to Overton as he moves forward?) “Well we will find out. That’s a good question. I think right now basketball has to be on the back burner. … Right now that’s not an option at this point. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Don’t expect much from Utah next season, but watch out for Utes in 2012-13 when two transfers with local ties Aaron Dotson (LSU/Rainier Beach High) and Glen Dean (Eastern Washington/Roosevelt High) become eligible.
— Would Angelo Chol start at Washington? We’ll never know, but at Arizona the incoming forward appears as if he’ll begin the season third on the depth chart at power forward. Bruce Pascoe at the Arizona Daily Star provides a potential starting Wildcats lineup for the 2011-12 season.
— Stanford sophomore guard Anthony Brown and Arizona State incoming freshman Jahii Carson are among the 13 finalists for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship team. Among those cut were California’s Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon. Arizona incoming freshman Josiah Turner withdrew a day before camp began.
— Remember Korey McCray? He’s the new UCLA assistant, whose hiring raised eyebrows in the conference because of his college coaching inexperience and deep connections on the AAU circuit. A week after hiring McCray, the Bruins signed Jordan Adams, a four-star 6-5 forward, who played for McCray’s AAU Atlanta Celtics. UCLA is also after five-star forward Shaq Goodwin, who also played for McCray’s Celtics.
— Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic gives a NBA draft breakdown from a Pac-12 perspective.
— The NBA people are discovering what Pac-10 folks knew along about Nikola Vucevic. The USC junior is a skilled big man who could have a long career in the pros.