Perry Content with Decision

Dawgman.com caught up with Harvey Perry at the Reebok Big Time tournament in Las Vegas, but the Big Time looked at times more like a meeting of the Mutual Admiration Society. Coaches from all over the country converged on Vegas, with hopes they could see some of the top high school hoops prospects perform, as well as be seen by those same players. By the numbers of coaches watching Perry, a recent Washington commit, you wouldn't have thought he was off the market.

Arizona's Lute Olson took in a number of games where Perry's Arizona Magic Blue team was playing, and he had ample opportunity to see Harvey in action. Not to be outdone, Washington's Lorenzo Romar went to all of AMB's games at the Big Time. AMB won their bracket in the open division, but lost in the quarterfinals by three to Team Breakdown from Florida. Team Breakdown eventually lost to Greg Oden and Indy Spiece Heat.

Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds saw Perry play during his first day in Vegas. "Other than (Jon) Brockman and Martell (Webster), he's the guy I was most impressed with," said Grinolds. "He's a guy that does it all. He plays solid defense. He's a tough guy on the court, he doesn't back down from anybody. He's kind of an enforcer out there. He reminds me of Will Conroy with his attitude. He's got a nice frame and will get bigger and stronger. He can shoot and score. He can play the 1, the 2, and the three. He can go low and bang for boards. I think what Lorenzo saw in him is that he can play so many positions on the floor that you can slot him in anywhere."

Perry ended up re-injuring a wrist during the tournament, which limited his effectiveness. But to his way of thinking, getting a chance to play in the Big Time was just gravy. "I got that little thing off my back," Harvey said of his decision to attend UW. "I'm not really cruising or anything like that, but I'm just loving the feeling that I got it off my shoulders."

At the time of his commitment, Harvey claimed offers from Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State, Arkansas, Arizona and Georgetown. "Memphis was looking at me strong too," he said.

Did seeing coaches like Olson in the stands give him pause to rethink his choice? "No way," Perry said, matter of factly. "I definitely think I made the correct decision. I think Washington fits my game perfectly. They get up and down the court."

The Big Time was a bittersweet end to Harvey's AAU career. AMB won their bracket, but weren't able to seal the deal. The next stop on Perry's itinerary is an official visit to Montlake in August and then will head east to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire September 12th.

Perry looks to use his prep school experience wisely. "It's so I can bring up my SAT score and it's also to help me strengthen my game, my ballhandling and shooting," he said.

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