Franklin's Overton staying home

After making a verbal commitment to USC this past fall, Venoy Overton will stay close to home after all. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard from Franklin High in Seattle told local papers Monday that he'll be signing a letter of intent with Washington when the regular signing period opens back up in April.

"I just did a lot of thinking over the last few weeks that this would be the best thing for me and my family," Overton told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "They said they really needed a point guard."

With Justin Dentmon going through a sophomore slump, it was clear the Huskies were going to try and find help for him for this next year, and they didn't have to go far from their door. Overton was recently named to the Star Times team after averaging 21.7 points and 5.7 assists this year for the Quakers and head coach Jason Kerr, which is 21-2 and the top-ranked 4A team in the state going into Wednesday's state tournament.

Overton also told Condotta that he will be on scholarship this coming winter for the Huskies, which brings into question the dreaded scholarship limit and how they will be able to stay within NCAA guidelines. Seniors Hans Gasser and Brandon Burmeister graduate this spring, but only Gasser in on scholarship.

The Huskies are already bringing in three true freshmen - Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday - to join Overton for this upcoming season. So questions about their eligibility, Spencer Hawes coming back or another player possibly transfering will certainly be asked as it gets closer to next year.

We will hopefully get Overton's thoughts - as well as those from Coach Kerr later tonight when we reach them. Top Stories