Five in mix for Perry

Three-star center Chris Perry has five schools left in his recruitment.

A bit of a sleeper heading into the month of July, Chris Perry emerged in a big way in front of coaches. The 6-foot-8 center had a good showing at the Nike Peach Jam as well as the AAU Super Showcase, and that led to a host of scholarship offers, but only five schools remain in the mix.

"This summer was great," said Perry. "It was my first year playing AAU and I enjoyed it. It was a good experience for me."

With that experience came a lot of recruiting attention, and for Perry he decided it was in his best interest to cut things down and focus on a small group of schools.

"I have cut my list to five," said Perry. "It is Miami, Tulsa, Temple, Cincinnati, and South Florida."

One school that has been on him for a long time is Cincinnati. The Bearcats and Head Coach Mick Cronin tracked him all July long, and Perry says he likes what he sees so far.

"I like that they throw the ball inside," said Perry. "They will throw it to me as much as they threw it to Yancy Gates, and also a couple of my buddies are already committed to Cincinnati."

The South Florida Bulls made sure to be a presence at his games, and Perry has built an excellent relationship with that coaching staff.

"Their coaches and I are real cool," he said of USF. "They are like 25 minutes from home and we know each other real well."

Also in the state of Florida, Miami is trying to become a major factor in his recruitment.

"I like that Miami is close to home," said Perry of the Hurricanes. "Also their point guard, Shane Larkin, I played against him a couple of times and even though I never met him I know he is a real good player."

One school that made an impression based on how they recruited him has been Temple.

"The way they have recruited me has been great," Perry said of the Owls. "I like their coaches as well, but during the process they never put other teams down. I just like how they have recruited me through the entire process."

Finally Head Coach Danny Manning and Tulsa remain on the list, and that is because of Manning's track record.

"They are on the list because of Coach Manning," Perry explained. "He is very good at developing big guys, so it is definitely a school I had to keep under consideration."

The next step is for the three-star to take his official visits. When on those visits there is one specific thing Perry will be looking for.

"When I am on the visits I am just looking for a place where I feel like I am a part of a family," said Perry.

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