Lucas-Perry not done working

He may have been billed as Arizona's "sleeper" recruit, but make no mistake, Laval Lucas-Perry is no project. His game may not be where it will be a few years from now, but he has all the skills to be another in the long line of standout Wildcat guards.

Lucas-Perry was the first of Arizona's five signees to fax in his Letter of Intent on Wednesday and he couldn't wait to make his verbal commitment official.

"It just felt so good," Lucas-Perry said. "I'm going to be playing for a great program."

Lucas-Perry and his family celebrated with a dinner but that was all he got to do. The 6-3 combo guard is also a standout football player and much of his afternoon and early evening was dedicated to football practice where his Powers Catholic team is in the state playoffs.

Lucas-Perry plays everything from defensive back to wide out and even some running back. The toughness he possesses on the gridiron translates to his hoop game where he is not afraid to venture into the lane and draw some contact.

Lucas-Perry has played with most of his fellow signees and gets along great with them. He met the bulk of the class when he came to Tucson for the Advanced Skills camp, the same event where he earned his scholarship from the Wildcats.

"They are great players," Lucas-Perry said. "They are also great people. They are fun to be around and a lot of fun to play with."

Lucas-Perry will be out for his official visit the weekend of the UCLA game and may try to make an unofficial or two before then. He and his family also plan on keeping up with the program thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

"We just got the sports package and should get to see most of the games," he noted. "I know we get to see the Virginia game on Sunday. That should be a good game."

Although he is officially assured a spot on the Wildcat basketball team, Lucas-Perry is by no means satisfied with his game. He missed out on a top-100 ranking and knows he has a lot of work to do before he steps foot on campus.

"Great players are never satisfied and I want to be great," Lucas-Perry said. "I have to work on everything. I have to work on every aspect of my game. That is what you have to do to play for a coach like Lute Olson."

He may be a sleeper in the eyes of the recruiting world, but Lucas-Perry is a key piece of this recruiting class. He's got good ability, but more importantly, he's got a great attitude.


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