Walton’s Rico Overall proving he can be the Raiders’ No. 1 option
by Adam Carrington
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January 29, 2013 12:24 AM | 2619 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rico Overall has had a few role models during his career at Walton.

Now the younger Walton players are looking up to him.

The most experienced player on the Walton roster, the senior point guard and shooting guard has been prepared for this moment when he would have to lead a younger Walton team that’s starting two underclassmen.

Overall remembers being that younger player when he was playing under former Walton standouts Karl Cochran, now playing at Wofford University, and Sean Morgan.

Both were prolific scorers, like Overall is this season, who led the Raiders to state playoff berths the last two seasons. Overall currently averages 24.1 points a game and is 75 percent successful from the free throw line. His 4.0 assists a game is lower than last season’s average but that’s largely because he doesn’t have Morgan to feed.

When asked what he gained from playing under Cochran and Morgan, Overall said both players had different leadership abilities, and he borrowed from both.

“Karl never took a play off, he would score and get back on defense,” Overall said. “Sean can put a team on his back. When the team needs (him), he does whatever he has to do.

“They taught me a lot on how to fill their shoes and to be a leader on the team.”

Unlike previous Walton teams, Overall is having to anchor a squad that has less varsity experience, which isn’t easy for any veteran player.

The Raiders are 9-9 overall and 3-7 in Region 5AAAAAA but that doesn’t stop him from setting high goals of winning a region title and going deep in the Class AAAAAA state tournament. Because he said his team has the talent to achieve them.

Overall has been his best when Walton is playing the tougher region competition. He scored 34 points in a region win over Lassiter at the beginning of the season. He added 28 more points in a double overtime loss to Wheeler two weeks ago. And Overall showed signs of stepping up in big games late last year when he scored 24 in a first round playoff loss to eventual state champion Milton.

And Walton will continue to rely on Overall’s leadership to make those goals a reality.

“After the first couple games when I was having a hard time (leading), it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Overall said. “I had the most experience from varsity standpoint and have a big role to fill.

And when Overall is on, Walton has a great chance at winning. He can both shoot the 3-pointer and get to the basket. He can also create turnovers and turn them into points.

There would be an occasions, however when Overall would try to do too much as the leader of the floor and would sometimes cost him. Sometimes it can be difficult for him to adjust when defenses target him.

“Sometimes he does get frustrated,” Walton coach Joe Goydish said. “As a kid, he wants to be good all the time and coaches will sometimes scheme against him. I would.

“He wants to win so badly that sometimes he puts himself in a position where he’s not so successful. He’s getting better at that. The kids (this season) are young and he’s used to playing with older guys.”

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January 30, 2013
GA FASTBREAK BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ! Rico been droppen buckets since he had braids..been whatching him for years..by far the best point guard in cobb..basketball. I.Q . Is super high !!!
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