After Iowa State coach Steve Prohm spent two hours watching Marietta (Ga.) point guard Darius Perry work out Tuesday, he had a message and a question.
“He really just once again emphasized how much they want me [and] made sure I was interested in them,” Perry said. “He just let me know that he would be there, he was coming this weekend [to Atlanta].”
Perry had a message in return.
“I think they’re a great school. They’ve got a great program,” Perry said. “I just let him know that I am interested in the school and that I do enjoy the company that he brings when he does come and when he’s around.”
Iowa State has identified the 6-foot-2 four-star Perry as a priority target for the 2017 class as it works to replace the departing Monte Morris following the upcoming 2016-17 season. Perry, who watched Iowa State play at the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida last November, could be a perfect fit in Prohm's system.
Ranked as the No. 89 overall player in 2017 (the 19th-best point guard), Perry is a pass-first, high IQ point guard who draws some comparisons to Morris. After drawing an offer Tuesday from in-state Georgia, Perry’s long list of suitors continues to grow and includes offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Xavier and Vanderbilt in addition to Iowa State and others.
After spending last weekend in Dallas at the adidas Uprising, Perry’s recruitment has continued to heat up and is likely to see increased attention.
“I think I had a pretty good weekend,” Perry said. “I’m still working on some stuff and I think the weekend I had was good for a first weekend but I still have to build off that and just make sure I improve every time I come out here and step on the floor in front of these coaches and just make sure I’m a better player every time they come to see me. For the first weekend I think I did pretty good.”
Iowa State will continue to watch Perry this weekend at the adidas Uprising, but Prohm received another long look at one of his priority point guard targets Tuesday nonetheless. The attention Iowa State has shown has been meaningful.
“It was just a great feeling. It just shows really how much they’re willing to do and how much they actually do want me,” Perry said of Prohm stopping in. “I was glad that he came and that I got the opportunity to see him. It was just great that he came to the workout.”
During its recruitment of Perry, Iowa State has emphasized its point guard usage, primarily Prohm putting former Murray State pupils Cameron Payne and Isaiah Canaan in the NBA.
Perry, who said recently the schools sticking out include Iowa State, Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Seton Hall and NC State, is being recruited primarily by Iowa State assistant William Small but has appreciated Prohm’s strong involvement.
“Coach Small has been recruiting me the most, but [Prohm] has definitely been around a lot,” Perry said. “He makes sure that he texts me now and then to see how I’m doing just to check up. That’s good that he does that, the head coach making our relationship stronger, so he’s called me once or twice [and] he texts me frequently.”