Perry Talks about Decision

Dawgman.com spoke this past weekend with Harvey Perry, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Henderson (Nev.) Foothill, and Perry was resting his back for the upcoming Big Time tournament in Las Vegas. He talked about his game and his verbal commitment to the University of Washington.

"The decision was made because of the love from the coaching staff," Perry said. "It's a great fit for me. They play transition basketball. And the situation - with me coming in '05 - I'll be able to play a lot of good minutes."

Lorenzo Romar and Cameron Dollar were the coaches that ran point on Perry's recruitment. "They've been recruiting me for some time," Harvey said. "They've been on me pretty hard. They sounded pretty dedicated and pretty truthful about everthing. I was comfortable with them."

With offers from UNLV, Marquette, Minnesota, Arkansas, Arizona State, and most recently Arizona - Perry decided that that Northwest is going to be his home a year from now. He called Romar Saturday morning to break the news. "He (Romar) told me that I'm his main guy and that he wants me to come in and get good minutes," Harvey said when asked about his conversation. "I can play a majority of positions, so wherever I can fit in and wherever he needs me, that's where I'll play."

Harvey has not met anybody playing basketball at UW, but is good friends with Huskies receiver Corey Williams. "We played Pop Warner together when I was still playing football," he said of Corey.

Perry graduated from Foothill High School this past spring, and will attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire this fall for a year of prep school before attending Washington. It's a decision Harvey had made before deciding on a school, based mostly on academics at the time. Since that decision was made, Harvey has received a passing SAT score, but called it 'borderline'. He's hoping to hone his skills on and off the court while in New England.

"I was going there to improve my SAT score and all that stuff, but now I'm going there just to improve my basketball skills and be more dominant when I get to the D1 level," Harvey said of his decision to attend Brewster. Washington has had success with players from Brewster, as incoming guard and 2004 McDonald's All American Nominee Joel Smith is a Brewster graduate.

Perry, like Smith, is a versatile guard that brings a multitude of skills to the table. "Lately a lot of people tell me I play like Dwayne Wade, because I've been attacking the basket a lot more than I have in the past," said Harvey. "I think I pass better than Dwayne Wade, but he's a lot better shooter than I am as of right now. That's still in the development stages."

Harvey will officially visit Washington the first week of August and is expected to make things official during the early signing period for basketball prospects in November.

"It's nice to get all this pressure off my chest and I can't wait for that day to come when I step onto the court," he said. "I'm definitely comin'. There's no turning back."

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