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Point guard jilts USC for UW

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm with No Comments »
February 26, 2007 5:45 pm

News Tribune reporter Todd Milles will report in tomorrow’s newspaper that Franklin High School point guard Venoy Overton has reversed his decision to play for USC and instead is giving an oral commitment to the Washington Huskies.

Overton is a 6-foot-1 senior, the likely consensus Class 4A state player of the year and is considered one of the top point guards on the West Coast.This season he averaged 21.7 points and 5.7 assists per game as a senior for the reigning 4A state champions. He is expected to sign his national letter of intent in the spring signing period in April.

“They need a point guard,” Overton told Milles. “I feel like I can help them.”

He also cited a desire to stay closer to his family.

“Coach (Lorenzo) Romar loved it,” Overton said. “He’s happy.”

Overton will be part of the Huskies’ class that includes power forwards Matthew Bryan-Amaning – Thomas’ current teammate at South Kent – and Darnell Grant, and small forward Justin Holiday.

He will join a UW guard corps returning guards Justin Dentmon, Ryan Appleby, Adrian Oliver, Joel Smith and Stanford transfer Tim Morris.

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