Hoops recruiting: Lucas-Perry update

Most of the talent at the Lute Olson Advanced Skills & Development Camp was from the west. A few players made the trip from Texas, but the vast majority of the players in the camp hail from Arizona and California. One player made a longer trip to Tucson. Laval Lucas-Perry came from Fint, Mich., to impress the Wildcat coaches and impress he did.

In an effort to fill the void left by the decommitment of Jerryd Bayless, Arizona has been looking in earnest for scoring guards. Laval Lucas-Perry is one of the guards the Cats have taken a long look at. He came to the elite camp and left impressed.

"It was the best camp I have been to other than the NBA Camp," Lucas-Perry said. "It was sort of like a mini NBA camp with all of the pros there."

Lucas-Perry played great at the camp. The strong guard showed a nice jumpshot from behind the arc and was also very adept at getting to the hole. He has a good handle, a nice feel for the game and makes good decisions with the ball.

His play in front of the coaches at the camp cemented a scholarship offer from the staff.

"They came out and offered me and that was important," Lucas-Perry said. "I love the school and I love the staff. The staff is the strongest part of their program and I liked working with them."

Right now Lucas-Perry will not profess a leader, but admits that Arizona will be in it for the long haul. The Cats are joined by Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Boston College, Dayton and Oakland in his top 10.

One of the highlights for all of the campers was a chance to play against NBA players in a pick-up session. Lucas-Perry was most impressed with Richard Jefferson and Salim Stoudamire but admitted that a brief head-to-head match-up with Andre Iguodala was the toughest challenge of the weekend.

"I went head-to-head with (Iguodala) a little bit," Lucas-Perry said. "I realize he's a better player right now but I felt I could really play with them. I really got to measure my game against some great players."

In fact, Lucas-Perry was impressed with all of the talent in the camp. Every day he was on the court working out with the likes as Chase Budinger, Jamelle Horne and Zane Smith. They pushed each other every day and even the simplest drills brought out a spark of competition.

"Playing against all of the talent there brought out the best in me and my game," he explained. "I was really able to show the coaches what I am all about as a player."

While Lucas-Perry is still making a name for himself as a basketball player, he also has a reputation as a big time football and tennis prospect. Although he could compete in any of the three sports, he feels it is best to concentrate on one particular endeavor.

"I am going to focus primarily on basketball," Lucas-Perry. "I wouldn't mind playing football or tennis part-time but basketball is the main sport I want to concentrate on."

Lucas-Perry has been drawing high praise for his play of late but the greatest praise may have come from the staff at the camp. They compared Lucas-Perry to another guard who worked hard to get noticed.

"The coaches at the camp said I reminded them of Gilbert Arenas and compared me to him," Lucas-Perry said. "They said I get to the basket and finish a little bit like he does."

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