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A 2004 Will Venable interview.

While backing up my laptop, I found this eight minute one-on-one interview from January 2004 with Will Venable hiding on my external hard drive. This recording has not been previously posted on the site.

If I remember correctly, Princeton coach John Thompson III suggested that instead of our regularly-scheduled weekly interview for WPRB's "The John Thompson Show," I instead talk with the junior guard from Marin, CA.

Several of Venable's answers are prescient, as six of the Tigers' 13 Ivy League victories that season were decided either in overtime or by fewer than five points.

An offensive rebound and reverse layup to begin a three point play by Venable with three seconds left during Princeton's second conference game 10 days after we talked gave the Tigers a 49-47 win at Yale and a 2-0 start in league play. Amazingly, the bucket was Venable's only field goal attempt of the game despite playing 37 minutes.

Venable, the team's second-leading scorer (10.3 ppg) and rebounder (4.9) in 2003-04, recording a team-best 81 steals as he consistently locked down the opposition's top scoring threat.

Princeton finished the season 20-8, 13-1 in the Ivy League. The Tigers fell to Texas in the NCAA Tournament as Venable scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.

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