Defense On Overton's Mind Heading Into New Season

Oct. 18, 2009

Venoy Overton will be a big part of the Washington Husky basketball team's Pac-10 title-defense quest.'s Max Sitcov sat down with him recently to discuss the upcoming season and get his insight on other matters. From watching you at both Franklin High School and now the University of Washington, you have always had the ability to control the game's tempo with your energy? What gets you pumped up?

Venoy Overton: Definitely just the love of the game. I step on the court everyday and compete for the right people. I've been doing this for so long, I guess that's what it is. You told the Seattle Times last year how you like to 'make other players feel uncomfortable and slow them down.' If someone wanted to slow you down and get your attention, what kind of food could do it?

VO: Chicken, fried chicken. If you could pick only one musical artist to listen to pregame, who would it be and why?

VO: That'd be Gucci Mane. He has the songs that give me my swagger. I saw you show a camera crew around the basketball locker room on UW's version of Cribs, what kind of cars would you keep out in front of your house if money was not an object?

VO: Oh man. Definitely I would have to get an Escalade, a couple of Beamers, a Mercedes and a Maybach. What's your favorite tattoo you have and why?

VO: Definitely my mom and my sister's names, I am the only boy and those are the women of my life. Being a local kid, how has life in the city changed? Better or for worse?

VO: Definitely for the better. Everywhere I go, people have been supporting me. I'm a hometown kid and there has been a lot of love. I heard you played corner against Quincy Pondexter with Coach Lorenzo Romar at quarterback after a workout, and you laid out to get an interception on the hardwood? Are you always that intense and competitive?

VO: Definitely. I feel as though I could be doing the same exact thing on the football field. I love to compete at anything. We all know you're a defensive animal, but how do you practice and get better at defense?

VO: In practice going against the guards that we have, Justin Dentmon last year, and Isaiah (Thomas) now -- just by guarding those guys every day. Who's your favorite defensive oriented player in the NBA?

VO: I'm gonna have to say Ron Artest. People hate him, and he's a hard worker. How do you see your role as a guard changing this season?

VO: They're probably going to put me off the ball a little bit because (Abdul Gaddy) is more of a true point guard. I feel I'll be a little more of a slasher. What new player on the team is going to have the biggest impact?

VO: Abdul Gaddy or Clarence Trent. Abdul is great point guard and Clarence is very athletic and you never know what to expect from him. There are a bunch of Seattle area guys on the team again, especially in the backcourt: Isaiah, Abdul and you. Do you see any similarities to the group that included Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, and Will Conroy? And does their success inspire you at all?

VO: Their success is very inspiring to us. I don't see any similarities though. I feel we are completely different and are the new generation of ourselves. How does Pac-10 Champions two years in a row sound?

VO: That sounds real good.

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