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Former child actor to walk-on at Washington

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Washington has added another player to their roster for the 2012-2013 season.

Dion Overstreet Jr. is a 5-foot-9 point guard from Venice, CA. He graduated from Venice HS in 2008 and spent two seasons at Edmonds Community College in Washington. He averaged 13.9 points there, once going for 42 while hitting seven triples in an overtime win.

But that’s not what makes Overstreet an interesting or noteworthy addition to the Huskies. While his height might make U-Dub fans recall their diminutive point guards of the past — Isaiah Thomas and Nate Robinson come to mind — Overstreet will be walking on to the team. He’s not going to be the difference maker in a Pac-12 title run.

He does have an interesting back story, however.

Overstreet was a child actor. When he was seven, he appeared in commercials for Burger King, AT&T and McDonalds. Eventually, he was able to land roles in TV shows like “Moesha”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “Newsradio” and “Malcolm in the Middle”. He even has an IMDb page.

That’s when you know you’re big time.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.