Perkins looking to narrow list

Josh Perkins is getting closer to narrowing a long offer list to five. Which schools are seriously involved with the 2014 point guard and what is the family looking for in a program? Josh's father, Randy, breaks it down.

It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, 6-foot-3, 185-pound Aurora (Colo.) Regis-Jesuit point guard Josh Perkins, Scout.com's 30th ranked prospect in the 2014 class, was a virtual unknown.

Even earlier in the year, Perkins' recruitment was pretty limited.

"Colorado has offered, and he's heard from Denver, Colorado State and Northern Colorado, which has a great group of coaches, and he's also had some other interest," Josh's father, Randy Perkins, told Scout.com in February.

Josh Perkins' offer list now? Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida State, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, San Francisco, Wake Forest and Wichita State, with Duke and Stanford showing serious interest.

The Blue Devils are seriously recruiting Perkins as an insurance plan in case their top target falls through.

"They've already offered Tyus Jones but have been recruiting Josh," said Randy. "Any kid's dream would be able to play for Duke, Kentucky or North Carolina. I'm sure Josh would love to go there. "

Stanford is another school that is showing Perkins serious attention, which of course his father approves.

"I love Stanford for obvious reasons," Randy said. "I just think a degree there is a ticket to anywhere you want to go in the world."

Another serious contender is local Colorado, which is off to a good start to this season and the Buffs have recruited Perkins the longest.

"I love CU because I played against Tad Boyle and when you hand your kid off to somebody you want them to be a class act, like coach (Tad) Boyle, who is a role model, a mentor and an awesome guy," Randy said. "You want somebody you can trust."

Josh's father says that the plan is to cut his list to five by January and that list will only include the programs that have offered.

"If Duke doesn't offer by January than obviously we can't include them in his top five because he has to choose a school that has offered," Randy said.

From there, Josh will be comparing several different aspects of the five schools remaining.

"He has to look at the rosters," said Randy. "Is he going to have to wait a couple years before he can play? Are they recruiting other 2014 point guards? What's the coaching like? Is the coach on the hot seat?

"After he narrows it down he will keep watching style of play. Josh isn't the kind of player who would thrive in the Princeton offense, for example, he's not that type of player. He has to be in an offense where he has the freedom to improvise.

"I love what CU is doing with its guards, I love what Wake Forest does with what its guards and I love what Kansas does with its guards.

"Also, every kid dreams of playing in the NBA. What school puts kids in the NBA? When it comes down to making a decision and there are a couple schools that are neck and neck, which school puts kids into the NBA could help settle a tiebreaker.

"I think he would worker harder and be a better student if the school he goes to taps into his dream."


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