Coming into the season, no one expected much out of senior Perry Stevenson. He had a dismal showing in fall practices, and with a deep frontcourt made up of All-American Patrick Patterson, Rivals #2 recruit Demarcus Cousins, and Rivals #4 center Daniel Orton, Kentucky looked poised to make its run without the services of the 6’9 senior. Everyone, including the coaching staff, pretty much expected Perry to sit comfortably on the bench, clock in a few late minutes in a blowout, and ride it out until his shining moment on Senior Day. That is, until Kentucky was 34 minutes into their first exhibition game against Campbellsville. It was then, that the “Microwave” was born…
Perry was red hot in the final minutes of the game and looked like a master of the dribble drive. He was scoring off the dribble, drawing fouls, and even knocked down a three pointer. He finished with 11 points in six minutes and, whether he likes it or not, was nicknamed the “Microwave” by Buzz Baker. Stevenson’s stock continued to rise after the Clarion game as he added 8 points, going 2-2 from the field and 4-4 from the line.
This brings us to today. We’re only days away from the official start of the season and John Calipari announced that Perry Stevenson is “solidly the backup for Patrick Patterson.” The coach added that he also likes seeing them in there together and that Stevenson is trying really hard defensively. It is no secret that Coach Cal prefers a smaller, faster lineup, but even he admits that he would be foolish to avoid taking advantage of Kentucky’s deep and dominant post presence.
After the Clarion game, Stevenson said it felt good to be back in the rotation. “I felt like I had another chance to prove I want to be in there and help the team win,” he said.
Well, Perry, it looks like you have more than a chance to prove you can perform and we’re ready to see what you can do when called upon. Set your timers Big Blue Nation, the Microwave will be coming into the game this season on high.