Perkins Picks Memphis

Kendrick Perkins, a 6-10, 265-pound center from Beaumont Ozen HS in Texas made his collegiate choice today. The top-five player and best center in the class of 2003 made a verbal pledge to Memphis and coach John Calipari.

The polished big man is still heavily considering the NBA as of this moment, and he has told some of our trusted sources that he is hoping to make the leap after his senior season at Beaumont.  

Perkins averaged 24.5 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks per game as a junior at Beaumont Ozen and also earned All-State status in his division of play. He considered other schools such as Texas A&M, Miami, and Texas, as well as North Carolina at one time.  

Most recruiting analysts, college coaches and basketball media believe that Perkins will enter the draft if he has another good high school season as well as a good showing in the post-season All-Star events such as the Capital Classic and the annual McDonald's All-American game.  

"The kid committing to Memphis is more of just a fall back plan," said one NCAA Division I assistant coach. "I think it's a smart move for a kid like Perkins  because it leaves him a fall-back option and it takes the recruiting pressure off of him so he can completely focus on the skills that he needs to make it at the next level."

The next level?

  Whether that's on the campus of Memphis or in the green room of the NBA Draft, the answer remains to be seen.  

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