A question and answer session with University of Louisville basketball commitment Darius Perry.
The point guard is from Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School and committed to the Cardinals this week. He's ranked as the No. 80 prospect in the Class of 2017 and was a top target for Rick Pitino and staff this summer.
Here's a few questions to Perry:
Cardinal Authority: Louisville showed you a lot of attention this summer didn't they?
Perry: "They started recruiting me in early June and it just kind of took off from there. Georgia and Texas A&M and Louisville were showing me the most interest and then Louisville watched me a lot (in the summer)."
CA: With the system at Louisville, he lets his guards play and you have to like defense. Is that something you like?
Perry: "I think I did OK on defense (this summer). I'm going to always come out and try to play defense and get my game started on that end of the floor. I like to play defense. I actually take a lot of pride in my defense and hate when defense isn't played. It's a pet-peeve of mine."
CA: What's the one thing you really tried to work on this summer with your game?
Perry: "My dad and I talked a lot about how sometimes I try to come down the court and I'm doing things a little too fast and that hurts my assist-to-turnover ration. I lose the ball or turn it over and I really tried to work on that and get better."
CA: Your dad is so involved with you. What's it like to have him around, working you out and always there for you?
Perry: "I am just blessed to have him in my life. It's sad but I know a lot of guys don't have their dads in their life. I'm just really blessed and he's really helped me get to where I am at with my game.
"His word means a lot to me on everything. I love playing for him and want to play for someone like him in college. He really gets out of me.
CA: Did you feel like Louisville was making you a priority?
Perry: "I noticed they were here a lot. It feels good for me to think that a Hall of Fame coach thinks enough of my game to come and watch me a lot. (His teammates) one game didn't know he was coming and they saw coach Pitino and went crazy."
CA: You have watched Louisville play a lot, how do you think you will fit in?
Perry: "I think it's the perfect place for me. They tell me all the time I am a perfect fit for them. I have a lot of pride in my game and I want to make sure I can get there and it works out. They tell me I can be their guy."