The past month has been like a recruiting whirlwind for Flint (MI) Powers combo guard Laval Lucas-Perry. The 6-2, 190-pounder had been grabbing headlines all spring with his strong play, but things began to snowball recently after he returned home from the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp. At that point he already had offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, and a host of mid-majors, but a few of the high-majors were still in the evaluation process. Their reluctance was short lived, though, as his play over the next few weeks squashed whatever remaining doubts they had. The Arizona Wildcats got the ball rolling when he traveled to their campus for their annual skills camp and left town with an offer.
"I had fun and I was able to show off my skills," Lucas-Perry recalled of his trip to Tucson. "I showed off my point guard ability and my shooting guard ability. They really loved me and they gave me a scholarship. I got to know the staff and the alumni. It was a great place. Then I went down to Atlanta for the Adidas Superstar tournament. I think I impressed a lot of people."
Michigan was among the programs excited by the fast rising prospect's play at the shoe camp. Assistant Andrew Moore was spotted taking in a number of Lucas-Perry's games in Atlanta, signaling the Maize and Blue's ever growing interest. Prior to his aforementioned camp excursions, Lucas-Perry learned that the Wolverines would be taking a closer look at him. He made his way to Ann Arbor for an open gym session, and while in town he chatted with head man Tommy Amaker and got to know the players a little better. The experience left him with a favorable impression of his home-state school.
"I love em," said Lucas-Perry regarding the Michigan players. "They're great guys. I like playing with Dion, Ron Coleman, and Jerret. They're just great people to be around and I know they really like me."
The players clearly weren't the only ones. The Michigan coaching staff had already ratcheted up their recruitment of the talented combo-guard, but last night the Maize and Blue officially threw their hats into the ring. That decision may have come just in time since Lucas-Perry's timetable calls for him to announce his choice of schools in the very near future.
"Coach Amaker is going to offer me a scholarship tonight," Lucas Perry said late Tuesday evening. "I'm going to call him in a few minutes. I have (offers) from Marquette, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Penn State, Boston College, Dayton, Oakland, and Wright State. [My decision date] is going to be next week, Wednesday."
The conversation with Michigan's head man moments later did indeed result in an offer. Amaker also made it clear that not only could Lucas-Perry coexist with new Wolverine commitment Corperryale Harris, he could thrive.
"To me, I can play any position," Lucas-Perry said. "I heard he is a good player. I think that we could complement each other's games."
For the time being, the versatile guard claims no favorites and has all of the programs are on equal footing. He knows that a great deal to mull over in the coming days, but hopes that his firm idea of exactly what he is looking for makes the process of determining the winner go a little bit easier.
"I want to go where I'm loved first of all," he explained. "I want to go where I can come and be the best that I can be. It has to be a place that will bring out the best in me, both academically and athletically."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Lucas-Perry in the coming days.