Venoy Overton is the man. Did you see what happened to him during the Arizona State game? He got accosted by ASU’s James Harden, then assaulted in the testicles by Harden’s teammate Derek Glasser (which, we can assume, isn’t the first time Glasser has touched another man’s balls), and somehow managed to come out of it alive and capable of showing off the Washington “W” with his fingers (and no, angry white folk, that’s not a gang sign).
Venoy is straight gangster, and I mean that in the best possible way. He’s relentless on defense, hounds opposing players all game long, gets in the other team’s head, and has his motor running 100% for all 40 minutes. It’s exactly how you would want to see the game played.
On top of all that, we tend to overlook the fact that Venoy was a starter last season, and has handled his transition to the bench with remarkable class. Unlike many star players who might pout or lament their reduced role, Venoy has seemingly embraced it, becoming one of college basketball’s premier sixth men. And yes, I did say “star.” Let’s not sell the man short, now.
Opposing team’s fans hate Venoy. They call him a “thug,” a “gangster,” a “pest,” and other names. Their disdain is perhaps the greatest form of respect. For his part, Overton always seems to find his way into the middle of any scrum that happens to take place on the floor. But usually that comes as a result of an opposing player launching an all-out attack on Washington’s diminutive point man (Venoy, that is). He can rattle opponents that badly, and seems to do so each and every game.
Let’s be honest. Entering this season, we had no idea what we’d get from Venoy Overton. Last year he had his inconsistencies, struggling to cure a pesky turnover bug and playing out of control at times. This year, he’s become a defensive stopper, a more capable floor leader, and has flashed an ability to knock down the trey from time to time. He still needs to improve his finish around the rim, but beyond that, Venoy Overton is a changed man. And from the Husky perspective, that change is for the better. Get ’em, Venoy.