Hawkeyes Strike With Philly Forward

Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes were looking for a little energy and a lot of athleticism. On Tuesday, they landed both when a Philly native picked the Big Ten program.

Malik Perry, a 6-foot-5, 205 pound combo forward out of Philadelphia Lutheran, committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Perry raised his national stock with a strong showing at the National Prep Tip-Off Classic and Iowa, which scouted him in person at the event, moved quickly to lock him down. "I just talked to the coach and felt that he really wanted me," Perry said. "A lot of other schools wanted me but they didn't see what I could do. When the opportunity came I couldn't pass it up."

Darryl Schoefield, Perry's coach, said his played was completely impressed with the attention the Hawkeyes paid him immediately following the event. Iowa worked hard to mine a Philly kid out of the area on short notice.

"He really felt good about Coach Neal. When coach came to talk to him – and they're recruiting Devon McClendon as well – he just really wanted to show people that Philly kids aren't scared to go away from home.

"He's real athletic and very aggressive. As long as he keeps the hunger and will he'll be up to the challenge."

Being up to the challenge isn't something that Perry worries about at all. In fact, he's so excited about the Big Ten that he's thinking up ways to get himself on the floor immediately as a freshman.

"Hopefully, I can be a great defender for them," Perry said. "That's what my role is here. I can score but as a freshman I just want to do anything that I can to get on the floor. I'll take the team's best player and show that I'm deserving to be in that conference. Defense will be my role the first year."

Exactly what Steve Alford wanted to hear.


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