Perkins ready to join UK backcourt talk?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Most of the talk regarding Kentucky's 2014 backcourt recruiting focus has revolved around a trio of prospects to date: five-star point guards Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay and five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn. But Josh Perkins could be crashing the party very soon.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Most of the talk regarding Kentucky's 2014 backcourt recruiting focus has revolved around a trio of prospects to date: five-star point guards Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay and five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn.

It appears another player could be crashing that party soon, though, in the form of five-star Huntington Prep (W.Va.) standout Josh Perkins.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Colorado native has been drawing strong interest from Kentucky head coach John Calipari this spring, and if his play here at the NBPA Top 100 Camp is any indication, a coveted scholarship offer could be in the works at some point in the summer.

"They're interested," Perkins said of the Wildcats. "They've been going through my dad for the most part... They feel like the style of play, I fit."

Kentucky's track record with point guards is something that has captured Perkins' attention.

"Most of their players go to the league," he said. "And a lot of point guards from the league are from there - John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight... there's a lot of them. They put people in the league, and they always win."

Perkins is currently ranked the No. 26 player in Scout's Class of 2014 rankings. In addition to Kentucky, he's being recruited by programs like Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, UConn, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA and USC.

He doesn't claim a leader or a top five list at this time, but hopes to have some clarity by "the later part of August." He's been taking a few unofficial visits of late, including trips to Gonzaga and UCLA.

But what if UK doesn't extend an offer by the end of August? Perkins may be willing to remain patient for the Cats.

"They'd probably still be in there," Perkins said. "Kentucky's Kentucky."

Asked to elaborate on that statement, Perkins added: "Because I have a dream of making it to the NBA, and that's what they do."

Duke was also recently in the mix until the Blue Devils told Perkins where he stood in the pecking order.

"Duke was on me earlier in the year, but they basically told me I'm a backup to Tyus (Jones), and I don't feel like I'm anyone's backup," Perkins said.

Asked how he felt about UK also recruiting Jones and Mudiay, Perkins said he thinks one of the talented prospects would make a good future teammate.

"I was looking at pairing up with E-man," Perkins said, "because he's a bigger point guard and I feel like maybe we could complement each other, but me and Tyus are pretty much the same player. I don't think that would work. But me and E-man would work. We've talked about it a little bit."

Perkins has also expressed an interest in playing at the same school as Vaughn, the elite shooting guard from Minnesota who sits high atop UK's wish list for 2014.

"Our relationship keeps growing at all the camps we've been to," said Perkins, who played with Vaughn at the recent Pangos All-American Camp. "I've been in his ear."

Asked what he's looking for in a prospective school, Perkins said: "Coaches that will care for me on and off the court and a system I can play, push the basketball and come off a lot of screens, and great teammates so they make me better."


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