The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward was highly touted at the time – he’s currently ranked 39th in the 2018 class – but on the first day of the adidas Gauntlet in Emerson (Ga.), Perry proved that he deserves to move up that list.
He’s got good size for a four man, long arms, broad shoulders and can post up, face up, rebound and block shots. He plays hard and has the combination of physical ability and skill that you want out of the position.
“I get other people involved, rebound and score,” Perry said. “I feel like I can do everything on the court.”
Perry has made a big jump since last year, which he attributes to the time put in the gym.
“I think I’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “Last year I was coming off an injury and just trying to get a feel for things. I just continued to work and I’ve gotten better every day.”
Already being committed to Arkansas, Perry doesn’t have to worry about impressing any coaches when he walks in the gym. Instead, besides winning, he has other goals.
“I want to move up the rankings,” Perry said. “It’s not all about the rankings but I do want to prove to everyone that I’m the best player out here.
“I want to prove I’m the best player in the gym. I feel like I’m in the Top 10 in the country. I want to be in the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand games.”
Perry’s progress should definitely put him in the conversation for both. Regardless, he’s happy with his decision to commit early and is looking forward to playing for the Razorbacks.
“It took a lot of pressure off me without coaches calling me every day,” Perry said. “They’re fast paced and the coaches are family-oriented. I’m just continuing to work so when I get up there I can make an impact right away.”
The way Perry is looking this spring, making an early impact at Arkansas shouldn’t be a problem.