Beilein Reels in Lucas-Perry

6-2 University of Arizona combo-guard Laval Lucas-Perry, formerly of Flint Powers, has just finished his first semester at Arizona -- but after meeting with the Michigan coaching staff on Monday he has decided to transfer to Michigan.

Laval Lucas-Perry has decided to attend Michigan after leaving Arizona a week ago. The 6-3 shooting guard has settled on attending his mom’s alma mater. Mrs. Lucas-Perry spoke with GoBlueWolverine earlier this afternoon and was extremely excited by that her son will play his college ball closer to home.

“I am very comfortable with his decision,” she said. “It definitely makes things a little easier.”

Now the tight knit Lucas-Perry family is within driving distance of one another. Mr. and Mrs. Lucas-Perry have two daughters that attend dental school at Michigan.

As big of a factor as proximity was, it was not the only one. Coach Beilein was a big part of Lucas-Perry’s decision to attend Michigan as well.

“Laval likes Michigan because Coach Beilein is a great communicator and a great teacher of the game who he can relate to,” Mrs. Lucas-Perry explained. “He showed Laval how he is going to fit into the program.”

Laval is a young man that can score both from the perimeter and by getting to the basket. Late in his high school career he improved a jumpshot that Coach Beilein will undoubtedly make better. He also allows Michigan the luxury of moving Manny Harris to the three, in turn relieving him of many of his ball-handling duties. The Wolverines will then deploy a tough, quick, gritty threesome that will definitely get after it defensively.

Barring any appeals, Lucas-Perry will be eligible to play for the Wolverines in January of 2009 and will have 2 ½ years of eligibility remaining.

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