2003 Spotlight: Bobby Perry

Small forward Bobby Perry is one of the top players in North Carolina's Class of 2003. The Durham prospect was injured for most of the evaluation period, but that didn't stop coaches from making a swing by to see him.

Perry Comes From Athletic Family

Bobby Perry, a 6-7 small forward from Durham (NC) Hillside, attends the same high school that produced NBA standout Rodney Rogers. Like Rogers, Perry is drawing attention from a number of ACC programs.

During the fall evaluation period, coaches from Wake Forest, Clemson, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Richmond stopped by to see him. "I had quite a few schools come visit me at the school," Perry said. "I was lifting weights and shooting but I didn't do a lot of basketball because of my ankle injury."

Perry was hurt for a good part of the summer when he played at the AAU Nationals with the NC Red Storm, a team that was comprised of mostly underclassmen made a nice run in Orlando.

Perry should be ready to go when Hillside tees it up next week in their opener. "We should be pretty good. We are going to be young and our starting five is all juniors and sophomores."

Perry's one of those guys you want to have on your basketball team and wouldn't mind him in your foursome on the links either. He shoots in the low-to-mid 80s and hasn't worked on his game in a while. "This year I might not even play golf because the curriculum I am in is so demanding." Perry is contemplating track or baseball, a sport he hasn't played since the 8th grade.

One of Perry's brothers is a pro golfer and another is thinking about giving the sport a try professionally.

Naturally, living in Durham, one would think Perry is married to playing in the ACC but that's not the case. He really likes Duke, Kentucky, Stanford and North Carolina. When the time comes, he would like to visit the Cardinal. "It doesn't matter where I go to school – home or away."

Last year, Perry averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds.


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