Overton leaves Australian team for another chance at the NBA Ex-La Salle guard joins workouts Bullets notebook


BOWIE -- The Washington Bullets continued to hold auditions for the coming season yesterday when free-agent point guard Doug Overton of La Salle joined the preseason workouts at Bowie State.

Overton, a 1991 second-round draft choice who was cut by the Detroit Pistons, traveled around the world for his tryout after leaving his Sydney team in the Australian Basketball League last week for a second crack at the NBA.

"The season is still going on over there," said Overton, "but I had an understanding with the team that I could get out of my contract if it meant getting another NBA tryout."

Overton spent last year with the Rockford Lightning in the Continental Basketball Association, averaging 16.5 points after being cut by the Pistons.

"The door kind of closed on me after the Pistons traded for [ex-Bullet] Darrell Walker," he said. "But just having had the chance to play in camp against great guards like Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars had to help me in the long run."

As a senior at La Salle, Overton averaged 22.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds. He scored a career-high 45 points against Loyola Marymount.

"I've always had an interest in Overton," said Bullets general manager John Nash, who had ample opportunity to scout the La Salle star when he worked in the same capacity for the Philadelphia 76ers.

But the Bullets' need for a backup point guard has been diminished by the impressive play of second draft pick Brent Price.

"By also signing [rookie forward] Tom Gugliotta, we've now got 17 guys in camp," said coach Wes Unseld. "Don MacLean, Overton and Gugliotta are playing catch-up. I don't want to bring in any more new people at this point."

NOTES: G Rex Chapman returned yesterday to Lexington, Ky., where his wife, Bridget, is expecting their first child. . . . F Harvey Grant had his brow bloodied in a head-on collision with C Pervis Ellison and left practice early for repairs.

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