November 16, 2012

Overton signs with Deacs

Wake Forest drew from the talent pool in the City of Brotherly Love Wednesday, Nov. 14 when Miles Overton signed a national letter of intent to play for the Demon Deacons, which was made official Friday, Nov. 16.

"This is the time I've been waiting for all my life," Overton said. "It feels great. I'm happy that I got it over with early. This is the perfect school for me. Me and my family are extremely excited and happy."

The 6-foot-4 and 185-pound Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's shooting guard, who is the son of Brooklyn Nets assistant coach and former NBA player Doug Overton, chose Wake over Drexel, Marquette, St. Joseph's, Tulsa and Xavier.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches," Overton said. "Coach [Jeff] Bzdelik and Coach [Jeff] Battle recruited me, and our relationship was just really close. They were honest about everything. The academics are great. They're in the best conference in the country. They're playing the best competition night in and night out."

Overton, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, added his father's relationship with Bzdelik was a big factor in his recruitment.

"Coach Battle's from Philly and he graduated from the same high school as my dad," Overton said. "They already knew each other prior to them recruiting me and then Coach Bzdelik coached my dad when he was with the [Washington] Bullets in the late '90s."

Bzdelik said he spent countless hours in the gym rebounding for Overton's father, and added the trust was already built in and he thinks that helped.

"I know when he came on his visit he played with our guys and our guys really felt comfortable with him and really liked him not only as a basketball player, but as a teammate, a future teammate," Bzdelik said. "He fit in well both on and off the court, so it just became a really, really good fit for everyone."

Overton took his official visit to Wake Forest Friday, Sept. 21.

"Codi [Miller-McIntyre] is who I roomed with when I took my official visit, and I just bonded with other guys very well," Overton said. "I kind of knew Devin [Thomas] before, because he's a Pennsylvania guy. I was actually supposed to play him in the state playoffs last year, so I kind of knew who he was a little bit and he knew who I was, but my relationship with other guys was great and we kind of hit it off."

The Philadelphia product will be expected to shoulder a significant portion of the scoring load, especially with C.J. Harris on the way out after the 2012-13 season.

"Miles Overton is a tough-minded, strong, physically, high-IQ basketball player that has deep accuracy from behind the arc," Bzdelik said. "He has just has great intangibles coming from his family, his dad."

"Couple that with playing for Speedy Morris, a legendary coach, in a great league in the city of Philadelphia, so he's playing great competition. He's practicing against greatness. There's just so many great things about him. He'll fit in beautifully with his ability to space the court, because of his ability to shoot the basketball. I can't be more excited than I am to have Greg [McClinton] and Miles aboard."

Overton said he and McClinton congratulated each other, and expressed how they were looking forward to playing together.

"I think with Codi being the point guard and getting Travis [McKie] that's going to be a bonus to have plus with all the freshmen they have coming back that's going to be a bonus," Overton said. "And I think with what Greg brings to the floor with being so athletic and being such a good slasher and taking the basketball to the hole and me being kind of an outside shooter and more of a perimeter player I think it will just even itself out and be a really good fit."

"Hopefully I can come right in and play. Offensively I think I'm a pretty good outside shooter. I can score the ball in many different ways. I think Philly guards are known for playing really tough defense and always getting after it every night and taking their competition serious no matter who we're playing, so I think I'm going to bring a toughness to the team that I think will be a plus."

Overton added he cannot wait till he arrives in Winston-Salem, so the Deacs can get some wins and beat Duke and North Carolina.

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