Perry isn't a big name player, but the Clemson staff got a chance to see him play this summer with a small AAU outfit – a team out of North Greenville – and Purnell got his first look at the hard-working, blue-collar player yesterday.
"He offered him right away," Woodmont coach Tim Morris said. "It was a dream of Sam's to be able to play at the ACC level."
Perry is an athletic forward who originally hails from Alabama. He has been forced to play in the paint for his high school team, but got an opportunity to play on the wing during the summer. He averaged 17.2 points and 12 rebounds as a junior.
"People need to box me out and keep me away from the glass," Perry said in offering a scouting report on his game. "Don't let me drive and give me the three. Let me try and hurt you from the outside. I am always moving, so teams need to keep their eye on me."
"He's a winner and is an incredibly hard worker," Morris added. "He doesn't talk a big game; he just works at it. He's the kind of player that all coaches would like to have."
Perry got his work ethic from his father, who had to work long hours to support the family after his mother died five years ago. Because of the difficult family situation, Perry moved from Abbeville, Ala., to South Carolina at the beginning of his ninth-grade year and has stayed with his 31-year-old brother and his wife ever since.
"I thought this was a good opportunity and that's why I moved," Perry said. "It's worked out well, since I not only have a college scholarship – but one in the ACC."
Perry chose the Tigers over Tulane, Charleston and Duquesne. In fact, he was supposed to leave for a visit to Tulane on Thursday.
"Of course, that got canceled," joked Perry, who boasts a 3.5 GPA and has already qualified. "Who would you rather play against? Teams like Charleston or Duke?"
"I really liked Clemson because of the head coach," added Perry. "He really knows what he's doing. He just got back from the Olympic team where he was with Tim Duncan and K.G. It's a great staff and he showed he's a proven winner with what he did at Dayton."
A "No Brainer" for Perry
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