"It was the best camp I have been to other than the NBA Camp," Lucas-Perry said. "It was sort of like a mini NBA camp with all of the pros there."
Lucas-Perry played great at the camp. The strong guard showed a nice jumpshot from behind the arc and was also very adept at getting to the hole. He has a good handle, a nice feel for the game and makes good decisions with the ball.
His play in front of the coaches at the camp earned him an offer and cemented a scholarship offer from the staff.
"They came out and offered me and that was important," Lucas-Perry said. "I love the school and I love the staff. The staff is the strongest part of their program and I liked working with them."
Right now Lucas-Perry will not profess a leader, but admits that Arizona will be in it for the long haul. The Cats are joined by Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Boston College, Dayton and Oakland in his top-10.
One of the highlights for all of the campers was a chance to play against NBA players in a pick-up session. Lucas-Perry was most impressed with Richard Jefferson and Salim Stoudamire but admitted that a brief head to head match-up with Andre Iguodala was the toughest challenge of the weekend.
"I went head to head with him(Iguodala) a little bit," Lucas-Perry said. "I realize he's a better player right now but I felt I could really play with them. I really got to measure my game against some great players."
In fact, Lucas-Perry was impressed with all of the talent in the camp. Every day he was on the court working out with the likes as Chase Budinger, Jamelle Horne and Zane Smith. They pushed each other every day and even the simplest drills brought out a spark of competition.
"Playing against all of the talent there brought out the best in me and my game," he explained. "I was really able to show the coaches what I am all about as a player."
While Lucas-Perry is still making a name for himself as a basketball player, he also has a reputation as a big time football and tennis prospect. Although he could compete in any of the three sports, he feels it best to concentrate on one particular endeavor.
"I am going to focus primarily on basketball," Lucas-Perry. "I wouldn't mind playing football or tennis part time but basketball is the main sport I want to concentrate on."
Lucas-Perry has been drawing high praise for his play of late but the greatest praise may have come from the staff at the camp. They compared Lucas-Perry to another guard who worked hard to get noticed.
"The coaches at the camp said I reminded them of Gilbert Arenas and compared me to him," Lucas-Perry said. "They said I get to the basket and finish a little bit like he does."