Patrick Lucas-Perry Headed to Vegas, Orlando

Lucas-Perry is playing for a couple of different AAU teams, the 17-under Michigan Hurricanes and the 16-under Team Legion and he plans to accompany both those teams when they head in two different directions. Get Inside to find out what's on the agenda and what he hopes to accomplish in Vegas and Orlando

One thing no perspective coach will ever have to worry about when recruiting Patrick Lucas-Perry is his work ethic or his toughness.

Lucas-Perry is playing for a couple of different AAU teams, the 17-under Michigan Hurricanes and the 16-under Team Legion and he plans to accompany both those teams when they head in two different directions, Las Vegas and Orlando.

"I'm leaving for Vegas [today] and then to Orlando. I'm going with the 17-and under 'Canes to Las Vegas and then I'm going with the Legion 16-and under to Orlando," said Lucas-Perry.

As he heads to Las Vegas, he has a good team and hopes to take them well into tournament play.

"Isaiah Sykes, Maurice Jones and a couple of other players from Finney and Detroit (are my teammates)," said Lucas-Perry.

We wondered if Lucas-Perry was getting worn down by all the travel he's doing on the AAU Circuit, but he takes it as a challenge.

"It does sound like a lot of travel, I've been pretty busy this summer. Any opportunity to go out and play this summer, I take it as a plus and a perk. I can't think of anything better that I'd like to be doing."

Lucas-Perry reports offers from Michigan, Michigan State, South Florida, Central Michigan, Oakland, University of Detroit but with his next appearances on the big stages in Las Vegas and Orlando where coaches are allowed to be in attendance, expect the sophomore to come back with a few more offers in his pocket.

That got us to wondering, what does the attention and the scholarship offers really do for a player like Lucas-Perry who can likely pick his spot at any college?

"It makes me feel relieved and thankful that my hard work is going for something. I'm trying to take any opportunity I can and really look at it, the good and the bad of any opportunity and just take it. I really feel like I'm blessed to be offered like that."

Some players treat the scholarship offers as a sort of a status symbol to see who can have the most, but Lucas-Perry says he has a different view of the offers from prospective college coaches.

"I wouldn't say its a status thing. Anybody can get an offer but its different when they really want you and how big of an impact can you have if you come to that school. I really don't look at it like that. I look at it like where am I going to fit into that program? I see at it as an opportunity for me, not so much as 'Oh, I got an offer from here,' and I might not want to go there, but I mean I got offered by them. That's a good thing, but that's definitely not the top reason why I want (to get an offer)," he said.

So what are his goals heading to Vegas and then Orlando?

"I'm just hoping to take our team very far, its going to be a very good tournament I'm just hoping to win and lead my team. I've played with Isaiah Sykes, Maurice Jones and Jo-Mar Black so were all good friends, but other than that, I'm just ready to see the competition and just play my game."

When we asked Lucas-Perry if he'd like to meet Zach Price, the 6-foot-10 center who has a MSU offer he said "definitely, I want to know everybody who's interested in coming to Michigan State because that's what I need to do as a point guard is know my (prospective) teammates and know what they can do and just have that great chemistry with them."

With his talent, toughness and work ethic, Lucas-Perry is shaping up as a 'must get' for the MSU staff for the class of 2011, so GSN will continue to follow the progress of a player who already seems to have talent and maturity beyond his years.


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