April 12, 2007
SEATTLE -- Venoy Overton, the Class 4A player of the year from the state of Washington, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced Thursday.
Overton averaged 21.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals during his senior season. He registered four 30-point performances.
The 6-foot guard from Seattle led Franklin High School to the 2006 state championship. The Quakers placed third at the state tournament during his senior season, posting a 24-3 record with a perfect 14-0 mark in KingCo Conference play. He twice received the KingCo Most Valuable Player award.
"First and foremost, Venoy is a winner. He brings a winning mentality," Romar exclaimed. "He is a very energetic, hard-nosed guard that enjoys defending and enjoys distributing the ball.
"Venoy is a very good athlete. He just brings more quickness and savvy to our backcourt."
Overton was listed as the No. 25 prospect in the annual Best in the West poll conducted by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He is the nation's No. 26 point guard recruit in ratings published by Rivals.com.
Overton is the fourth player to commit to the current UW class, joining a trio of athletes who inked their letters of intent in November during the early signing period.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-9 forward from South Kent (Conn.) School was ranked No. 34 nationally by USA Today and Darnell Gant, a 6-8 forward from Crenshaw (Calif.) High School in Los Angeles was listed 50th by that same publication. Justin Holiday, a 6-6 forward who led Campbell Hall (Calif.) High School to the 2007 state championship, was ranked No. 23 in the Best in the West poll.
"We're extremely pleased with this class," said Romar. "If you want to win big, you are going to have to have those players who have toughness, a winning mentality and talent. I think the guys that we have coming in certainly fit that description."
The quartet of stellar recruits is another boost for a Washington program that brought in classes rated among the nation's best in each of the previous two years.
The Huskies are not expected to add any additional recruits during the late signing period that concludes May 16.
Washington completed the 2006-07 campaign with a 19-13 record, capping the regular-season with a 61-51 victory over second-ranked and Final Four qualifier UCLA on March 3. The Huskies finished seventh in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 record.
2007 Washington Men's Basketball Letter of Intent Signees
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Forward, 6-9, 220, Guildford, England (South Kent School, Conn.)
Darnell Gant, Forward, 6-8, 210, Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw)
Justin Holiday, Forward, 6-6, 180, Chatsworth, Calif. (Campbell Hall)
Venoy Overton, Guard, 6-0, 165, Seattle, Wash. (Franklin)