Perry Makes Unofficial Visit to Saint Louis

The recruitment of versatile Gateway Tech High School junior Jesse Perry is heating up, as the slender 6-foot-7 forward has five scholarship offers already and could add to that number soon.

"Everything is going real good right now," Perry said Tuesday night.

Perry said he currently holds scholarship offers from Saint Louis U., Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Southeast Missouri State and Missouri State.

He said he thinks Indiana State and Tulsa are close to offering him and he is also in touch with Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa State, Purdue and a few other Missouri Valley Conference schools.

Perry made an unofficial visit to SLU last week to talk to the new coach.

"I just wanted to talk to coach Rick Majerus," Perry said. "He was telling me he wanted me to come to the school and how much he liked my game. I don't think he's seen me play, but Saint Louis U. has been recruiting for a while."

Former Billikens coach Brad Soderberg extended Perry a scholarship and now Majerus has offered him as well. Perry is one of a few St. Louis area junior prospects that Majerus is looking at right now.

"He wants me and Scott Suggs," Perry said of his friend, the Washington High standout combo guard. "They just got the big man, Brett Thompson. They want me and Scott. I'm supposed to go back up there and talk to him tomorrow before (St. Louis Eagles) practice."

Perry is an intriguing prospect. He has good height, but handles the ball on the perimeter like a smaller player. He also has a quick first-step, can pass, can rebound and uses his length to be a factor on defense.

Perry's jumper needs some work to gain consistency, but he's got quickness that most players his size can't match. If he can put weight and muscle on his lean 180-pound frame, Perry will be a difficult matchup for opponents in the Atlantic 10, Missouri Valley Conference or wherever he ends up.

"What a lot of schools like and a lot of schools tell me is I'm a transition player, I can run the floor, I can pass, my jump shot is getting better," Perry said. "Basically I'm a three guard. I cause a lot of mismatches on the floor because I can play the three or the four spot."

Perry, whose favorite player is Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, averaged a team-best 15.3 points per game as a junior at Gateway Tech while playing nearly every position on the floor at various times.

With Perry leading the way, the Jaguars could be one of the best teams in Missouri next winter with a senior-heavy team. Gateway Tech also has potential Class of 2008 Division I prospects in 6-5 wing Kenny Harris, point guard Courtney Belger and shooting guard Darron Hobbs.

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