It's been a really good start to the season for Louisville signee Darius Perry.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard from Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School has helped his team to an 8-3 record and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Chick-Fil-A Classic last week in Columbia, S.C.
Perry led Wheeler to the American Division title of the event, getting 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in the title game.
Ranked as the No. 76 player in the Class of 2017, Perry committed to the Cardinals in mid-August after making his official visit. He picked U of L over Georgia and signed with the Cardinals in November.
Here's a few questions to Perry:
Cardinal Authority: Louisville wasn't one of the first schools to recruit you. But when they did you told me you knew they would be one of the schools there in the end. Why did you think that initially?
Perry: "When I started to get offers me and my dad always agreed that Louisville would be a perfect school for me. I’m not saying it was my dream school, but we just felt like it would fit my game well. So when I did get an offer, I kind of already knew it was the place for me."
CA: So, when you made the visit that confirmed it?
Perry: "I just felt it was right. Like I said, we always kind of knew and then after talking to the rest of the staff and coach (Rick) Pitino, I just knew it would be the place for me. It worked out great for me."
CA: When did you see or meet coach Pitino for the first time?
Perry: Well, the first time I saw him in person was when he came to Georgia for the tournament (during the summer) at Wheeler. He just kept coming back for the games to see me. They showed me how much they really wanted me."
CA: I know your family is very important to you. How big were they in your recruitment?
Perry: "My dad played a big part. I am so blessed to have him involved and it played a big factor for me. He helped me a lot in my decision. We talked about it every day and when we came down to it, we spent a night after practice talking about it. My family was a big part of it."
CA: What have the Louisville coaches told you that you need to work on?
Perry: "I always think you are never perfect in anything, so I try and work on everything. But I know I need to get in better condition. I have seen the way they condition and the way hey get up and down in the few practices I have been able to watch. I need to be able to do that and so I need to get in better shape. I think that's the biggest thing right now."
CA: Anything else?
Perry: "My skills as a point guard, my decision making coming off pick and rolls and just making quick decisions on my feet. Those are things I just need to keep working on. They focus on defense a lot at Louisville. When I was watching practice a player came down and took what I thought was a terrible shot. Coach Pitino didn’t say anything to him. He turned around the next play and didn’t play defense and coach Pitino went off. So obvious how much they focus on defense. I just need to keep working until I get there."
CA: I know it's a long season for you but what about getting up here next spring?
Perry: "Oh, I can't wait to get up there and get practicing with coach Pitino. There's no question it's the place for me and I just can't wait to get there and get working with coach Pitino."
CA: You are one of four members of the signing class, do you know any of those guys?
Perry: "Yeah, Lance and I know each other a lot. We talk about it. I'm trying to get to know the others. It's going to be fun."
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