Darius Perry says playing in front of Louisville fans was the ‘best thing ever’

Louisville signee scored 22 points in Kentucky Derby Festival Classic on Saturday night

Louisville signee Darius Perry left a good impression on his future college fan base at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, scoring 22 points and recording three assists and two rebounds in front of a University of Louisville-heavy crowd at Freedom Hall.

Louisville signee Darius Perry left a good impression on his future college fan base at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, scoring 22 points and recording three assists and two rebounds in front of a University of Louisville-heavy crowd at Freedom Hall.

The Thunder Team featuring all four Louisville signees lost the game 122-109 to the Lightning Team, but Perry says that the packed gym made him even more excited to be at Louisville next season.

“It was probably the greatest thing ever,” Perry said. “I’ve never been cheered on like that and it was just a blessing to be here and to be able to play in front of the Louisville fans.”

Perry says that coach Pitino wants him to improve his defense before next season. He says that he is working on his speed and agility so that he can be ready when he arrives at Louisville.

“Coach Pitino thinks my impact is going to be on defense,” Perry said. “He knows what I can do on offense. He knows I can score the ball and get it to others and get them in spots where they need to be. He really wants me to make an impact on defense, so that’s what I’m working on right now.”

The 6-foot-2 guard Perry also participated in the dunk contest on Saturday night after earning a spot for his performance at the Night of Future Stars dunk contest on Friday night. The dunk that earned him a spot in Saturday night’s finals mirrored a dunk performed by U of L fan favorite and current Cardinal Donovan Mitchell two years ago in the same event, where he threw an alley-oop pass to himself off of the wall for a powerful dunk.

On Saturday night, Perry brought Mitchell on to the floor to assist with one of his dunk attempts, but Perry could not convert the dunk. Perry said that he had to change his plans last-minute because of a Derby Festival dunk contest rule.

“I was really going to jump over him,” Perry said. “But they said no props, so I didn’t do it. I just thought of something else. I wish I could have put the dunk down though.”

Perry was unable to complete either of his dunk attempts and Texas A&M signee Savion Flagg won the dunk contest.

Perry says that he has already formed relationships with current Louisville players like Mitchell and that the Derby Festival allowed him to get to know the other Louisville signees in his class even better, adding that he lost his voice cheering for his future teammates at the game.

“I loved all of them,” Perry said. “It was great being able to hang out with all of them and being able to see them play in an actual game. I’m excited to play with them all next year.”

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