Prep's Overton commits to Wake Forest

Posted: September 24, 2012

A word of advice to college coaches: Get star high school athletes to make their first official visit to your school.

More and more, it seems, kids fall in love with the first place they see and nix all come-ons from others.

The newest guy in that club is Miles Overton, a 6-4, 205-pound basketball guard from St. Joseph's Prep. His next stop: Wake Forest.

Overton, the son of former long-time NBA guard Doug Overton (Murrell Dobbins Tech, La Salle), now an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets, had offers from Marquette, Xavier, Saint Joseph's, Drexel, San Francisco, Virginia Tech and Tulsa in addition to WF. He was scheduled for upcoming official visits to Saint Joe's and an unofficial glance at Drexel.

"Wake Forest came on me very early and very hard," Overton said. "They made me one of their top priorities. My relationship with the coaching staff was amazing.

"I took an unofficial down there at the beginning of the summer and really liked it a lot. This time I got to hang out with the players and we bonded very well."

Overton, a third team Daily News All-City honoree in 2012, made this visit with his father and mother, Chanel.

"I kind of thought I would [commit] because I had Wake Forest at the top of my list. I sat down with my parents and we all decided this would be the best move. My dad always said this would be my decision and when I said I wanted to go with Wake Forest, he agreed; this would be my best place."

Overton said he plans to major in communications with an eye on broadcasting.

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