Lucas-Perry Leaving State

Laval Lucas-Perry didn't get the same level of attention that his former Flint Powers teammate, Tom Herzog, received. He didn't get as much pub as current Michigan guards such as Kalin Lucas or Alex Legion, either. However, Lucas-Perry is headed to play high-major basketball after making a commitment on Wednesday.

Despite an effort from the in-state programs to step up their recruitment of Laval Lucas-Perry, the Flint Powers (Mich.) combo guard is leaving Michigan.

The strong, hard-nosed 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior told, in an exclusive interview, that he has committed to Arizona. Lucas-Perry made it official at a news conference at his school at noon on Wednesday.

``I felt that they really want me," Lucas-Perry said. "Lute Olson and the program speak for itself. He's a special coach and person and is a wizard. He's a man of integrity and that says a lot about his staff."

``The program is successful and they are always in the NCAA tournament," he added. "It's a great place to be."

A few years back, Lute Olson got an under-the-radar guard named Gilbert Arenas. The Arizona boss isn't saying that Laval Lucas-Perry is going to turn into Arenas, but he's confident that Lucas-Perry is a hidden gem who will turn out to be far better than analysts have him pegged.

While some of the schools had monitored him over the past year, it wasn't until recently that many of the elite Midwest schools began to turn up the heat on Lucas-Perry. Both Michigan and Michigan State recently offered a scholarship – to go along with previous offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Boston College and Penn State.

``I felt this was the right time," Lucas-Perry said. "It was in my gut. I had great offers from great schools, but I felt comfortable with Arizona."

Lucas-Perry, who is also a standout wide receiver/defensive back, said he will concentrate solely on basketball when he arrives in Tucson.

``Basketball has always been my first love," he said.

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