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UW Basketball: Gaddy Will Get Early Season Start With Overton Expected To Return Monday

It’s relatively easy to critique Abdul Gaddy’s freshman year in any number of ways, with Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress summarizing the scope of his weaknesses reasonably well, if harshly.

But the thing Lorenzo Romar said repeatedly last season is that as young freshman, Gaddy needed time. And what that came down to more than anything was something alluded to by Givony: confidence.

With Venoy Overton out with a hamstring injury and expected to return Monday, Gaddy will get the starting nod at point guard along with scorer Isaiah Thomas, wing Justin Holiday and post Matthew Bryan-Amaning with a fifth starter yet to be named.

Yet Romar says Overton is not out of the running for a starting spot as a proven senior, according to Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.

Overton has been out with a hamstring injury and won’t play in the team’s exhibition against St. Martin’s on Saturday night. Romar said he’ll probably return to practice Monday and will “absolutely” challenge for a starting job.

“Venoy Overton doesn’t have to prove anything to me,” Romar said of the Huskies’ sixth man last season.

With the potential of Overton coming back and challenging Gaddy – and it being unlikely that Overton would be slotted as the unknown fifth starter – that might put a bit of extra weight on Gaddy’s performance on Saturday.