(I like the hair already)
It’s almost that time of year when the next batch of high profile John Calipari recruits become household names. If Josh Perkins, one of the elite prospects making a decision soon in the class of 2014, hasn’t landed on your radar yet— he surely will soon. Let’s take a moment to get to know Josh Perkins a little bit better, shall we?
Huntington, West Virginia (Huntington Prep)
6’3″, 185 lbs.
(Chart via 247 Sports)
“THE LIST”: Connecticut, UCLA, USC, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Syracuse (Kentucky and Syracuse have not offered YET)
Buzz: Perkins has visits coming up in August with both Kentucky and UCONN.
The announcement: August 25th, after both of those visits
– Great passer
– Court vision
– Traditional playmaker
– Terrific motor
– Outside shot needs work
– Sometimes struggles with simple passes, but can make the “wow” plays
What They’re Saying About Josh:
Jerry Meyer: “One of the best passers I’ve scouted in the past 10 years. As far as degree of difficulty and seeing the play before it happens, yeah, I would say he’s the best I’ve seen. Now, as far as more realistic passes you’ve gotta make, there are some other guys who are right there with him. But is creativity, his vision– it’s unparalleled from what I’ve scouted.”
Teammate Jalen Lindsey: “He’s a great player. He’s a guy who can read the court. He’s got a high basketball IQ.”
Eric Bossi: “Make no mistake, one of the top performers of the spring has been Josh Perkins. And despite all the compliments, he hasn’t stopped working on his game as he sorts through the recruiting process.”
What He’s Saying About Kentucky/Himself:
“I guess you could say I’m a pass first point guard. I love getting my teammates involved. They make me look good. I put them in the best position for them to score.”
To the Courier-Journal: “Kentucky is Kentucky. I have dreams of making it to the NBA, and that’s what they do.”
More from the C-J, on the possibility of playing with Emmanuel Mudiay: “I feel like we’d compliment each other if we played together. But me and Tyus (Jones) are pretty much the same player. But me and E-man would work.”
Perkins’ father to Scout.com on a phone conversation with Kenny Payne: “He told me that they were late to the game because they recruit differently than the rest of the country. ‘We recruit kids who are going to the NBA and we need to make sure they’re at the level where they can play in the NBA.’ ”
To Rivals.com’s TJ Walker: “Style of play. I fit their style of play. I feel like we compliment each other (him and Mudiay). We are both unselfish. What he can’t do I can do, and what I can’t do , he can do.”
Former Calipari Player Comparison:
If John Wall and Derrick Rose were combined, with just a touch less athleticism, you would have Josh Perkins.
Reasons to think Kentucky has a good chance:
– Josh Perkins can’t talk about Kentucky enough, even though he hasn’t officially received an offer yet.
– The fact that he isn’t making a decision until AFTER he visits Kentucky
– He has openly said he would be okay with playing alongside a guy like Emmanuel Mudiay, who Kentucky is also recruiting hard.
– He will be going to Huntington Prep, right in Kentucky’s back yard.
Reasons to worry if you’re a Kentucky fan:
– Perkins is probably Calipari’s #3 point guard option at this point behind Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones. Kentucky might have the best shot at landing Perkins, if they want him. The offer hasn’t come yet. Perkins wants to decide by the end of August, likely before either Mudiay or Jones commits to a school. Will Calipari take a commitment from Perkins before knowing what the other 2 top point guards in the class want to do?
– Perkins said he would not want to play with Tyus Jones, who is also a Kentucky target.
– UCONN and Syracuse are both high on Perkins, and Perkins is a fan of both schools as well. Look for UCONN to be tough competition as they will also score an August visit from Perkins.
– He is friends with Andrew Wiggins and attends the same Huntington Prep school now that Wiggins attended. He may have heard about some of the negative backlash from some UK fans when Wiggins picked Kansas.
Reading the Tweet Leaves/Tweet Beat Potential:
After his visit to Kentucky coming up, maybe Cal will give him that opportunity.
Subtweet to tho schools who haven’t offered yet?
There’s never a good time to retweet someone talking positively about a Pitino.
Final Judgement/How bad do we want him?:
Josh Perkins is one of the up-and-coming players in the 2014 class. His continued improvement in the last year has really caught the eyes of the big time programs across the country. The only knock on Perkins is that he’s slightly behind 2 other exceptional point guards in Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay. In the next month or so, Kentucky will probably have to decide how much of a priority they want to make Perkins. Will they go all in with Mudiay, or will they leave the option open for Perkins OR a Perkins/Mudiay combo? I don’t predict that Kentucky will go all-in with Perkins and pass up on the other 2 point guards still available. We should have a lot better read on the situation after Perkins’ visit that will likely determine whether or not he gets an offer.