Gopher BB target Perry is headed to prep school

6-4 combo guard Harvey Perry Jr. of Las Vegas (NV) Cheyenne has decided that he will go to Brewster Academy after his senior season. The Gopher basketball target played in the recent Nike All-American camp and has already received seven scholarship offers.

Harvey Perry Jr. averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists per game last season as a junior.

I spoke with his father, Harvey Perry Sr. about his decision.

"I feel that this will put him in a better situation by going to Brewster Academy," his father said. "They have a top academic program. I feel very good about him going there."

Perry Jr. will spend the additional season working on his offensive game and improving his academics.

Perry Sr. thought that working on his academics could pay off in getting offers from some of the top scholastic schools.

"I don't think that he is ready for a top academic program like a Stanford or Cal now. The extra year will benefit him academically and as a player.

"Defensively, I know that he can play anywhere and is one of the top defenders in the country. He can defend at a Duke level. He can defend anyone."

Perry Sr. thinks that the additional year at Brewster should help him on his offensive game, which is not as advanced as his work on the defensive end.

"I don't want him to be a utility player, who is more of a defender. Another year will develop his offensive game."

Perry Jr. plans to make some visits this summer and fall before going to Brewster Academy.

"He has some offers on the table from Utah, Western Illinois, San Diego. He has seven scholarship offers."

Minnesota has also recruited Perry hard. Gophers assistant coach Bill Walker recruited Las Vegas native C.J. Watson, who had an outstanding freshman year for Tennessee this year.

Perry Sr. acknowledged the Gophers are very interested in his son.

"Minnesota is definitely in the mix. Coach Walker is a very good recruiter."

Perry Sr. said that his first visit will be to Western Illinois in August. The Leathernecks are coached by former UNLV assistant Derek Thomas. Perry said that the presence of Thomas is a key reason for the Mid-Continent schools' chances of landing his son.

"What I like is Derek Thomas and his ability to attract and develop players."

Perry Sr. said that his son is still wide open on his recruitment and that he would not mind getting a call from North Carolina.

Perry Sr. thought that his son helped himself with solid play at the Nike All-American camp.

"I thought that he played the one spot well at Nike."

Perry Sr. said that his son will play for the Las Vegas Rebels in the open division at the Adidas Big Time Tournament beginning Tuesday. However, he will not play in any events the rest of the summer.

"Sometimes, too much exposure is not always good. He's in summer school until the 31st, so he is only allowed to miss two days."

Harvey Perry Jr. is poised for a strong remainder of the summer and a possible run for the state title. The added maturity of his game with an additional year of prep school could pay off in more recruiting interest in the Las Vegas native.

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