Perry, a standout at Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, selected Louisville over Georgia. The 6-foot-2 guard visited Louisville on August 3rd. He followed that up with an official visit to Georgia this past weekend.
"I went down to Louisville and I got to watch them practice and see how Pitino works and see that kind of environment," Perry said. "I got a good feel for the people I’m going to be around, the town I’m going to be in and how the team is going to be."
"Louisville has always been a school, I wouldn’t say dream school, but always been a school that I’ve considered going to since before they were even recruiting me," he added. "It was really neck and neck between them and Georgia and it was a really hard decision, probably the hardest decision that I’ll have to make. It was hard to tell Georgia no, but me and dad I talked about it and decided that was right for me."
Perry's father has had a big impact on his basketball career and he saw similarities between him and Pitino. That factored into his decision making as well.
"About Louisville when I got there, it wasn’t even the coaches, as much as it was the players that hit me," he said. "I love how Pitino coaches and criticizes everything that they did. He makes everyone that comes through a better player. He tries his hardest and even in individuals he’s standing right there critiquing. I loved that the most. That’s how my dad is. I know it’s something that I know I’ll hear from my dad anyways. My dad has had a big influence on me and if I can’t play for him I want someone that is similar to him."
During Perry's official visit he said he spent quite a bit of time with Louisville's players. Their conversations had a big impact on his thought process and helped steer him to Louisville.
"One night the players were sitting around and talking about how much Pitino cares for you and how it’s not going to be easy, but just how much he cares about you," Perry said. "They just talked so high of him."
"When they talked about each other they talked about how they always make sure each one of them are doing what they are supposed to be doing and just how cohesive they are and like a family they are. Not to say that Georgia didn’t have the same thing with their players, but those two factors with Pitino kind of being like my dad was more of a factor and the players being so brotherly with each other, I just kind of decided that I really liked that place. Then today after me and my dad talked about it for real, I said that’s where I want to go."
With the addition of Perry, Louisville now has a pair of four-star recruits in their 2017 recruiting class. The Cardinals recently picked a pledge from the No. 30 overall recruit, Malik Williams.
"Darius is a very athletic guard who is one of the best on ball defenders in the country," Scout national analyst Brian Snow said. "He can be a streaky shooter who is capable of putting up big numbers on the offensive end when he is on top of his game."
Perry is regarded as the No. 80 overall prospect and No. 16 ranked point guard in the 2017 class.