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Time to Get to Know the 2014 Prospects Vol. 3: Josh Perkins

(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?

JOSH PERKINS

Vital Signs:

Point Guard

Huntington, West Virginia (Huntington Prep)

6’3″, 185 lbs.

Rivals: 28

ESPN: 24

Scout: 16

247: 20

(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

 

Strengths:

– Great passer

– Court vision

– Traditional playmaker

– Terrific motor

Weaknesses:

– 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:

Good:

After his visit to Kentucky coming up, maybe Cal will give him that opportunity.

Bad:

Subtweet to tho schools who haven’t offered yet?

There’s never a good time to retweet someone talking positively about a Pitino.

 

Video Evidence:

 

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.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for Time to Get to Know the 2014 Prospects Vol. 3: Josh Perkins



  1. Wildcat Mike
    5:55 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    “If John Wall and Derrick Rose were combined, with just a touch less athleticism, you would have Josh Perkins.”

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Emmanuel Mudiay might be close to that comparison, but not Perkins. While he’s good, he’s about 3/4 as athletic as either of them, and has skills that make is 4 star rating an appropriate one. I know that this is a UK site, but we shouldn’t fool the fans into believing every player we recruit (especially a 4 star player) is the next #1 draft pick.



  2. Wildcat Mike
    5:56 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Still excited to see where his recruitment goes and Cal obviously knows what he’s doing if he’s interested in Perkins.



  3. Wow!
    6:14 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    He said he would be okay with playing with Emmanuel Mudiay?? That would be AWESOME!! Come on down.

    Regarding “not begging for anything” Tweet, there’s nothing wrong, even if he IS subtweeting the UK staff for not offering yet. Because, he’s right! He doesn’t need to ask for an offer… If Coach Cal wants him, he’ll offer. And if not, he won’t. I trust Coach Cal. (I reeeeeeeally hope he does offer him, though.)



  4. Pancreas
    6:15 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    People writing him off for his appearance need to get a life. What you like and what kids or other people like are different. Just because you wouldn’t style your hair or dress a certain way doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. Just pathetic.

    That said, this kid is a great talent and I have a sneaking suspicion that we will see he and Mudiay together in the backcourt.



  5. Wildcat Mike
    6:20 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    As long as this guy is respectable and easy to coach and get along with, what’s wrong with his flashy hair cut?



  6. UKani
    6:22 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I would love a backcourt of Josh Perkins and Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay would be the scorer but Perkins would be dropping dimes like crazy.



  7. Kels
    6:22 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I too want to see how his decision process goes. It’ll be interesting to see if he can put his issues with Tyus behind and realize where his talent can be utilized and developed the most (so obviously Kentucky). He could definitely help us, but I’m also not going to throw a fit if he chooses otherwise. Excited to see where his future lies.



  8. Lester Skaggs
    6:49 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Get Moody first
    If he wants to back up Moody come on down if he wants to start
    ain’t no way



  9. SeaCat
    7:24 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Take him, Mudiay, Alexander, Towns, Lyles, Stanley Johnson, Turner!!!!!



  10. Emory Worldwide
    7:39 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Look I do all that fancy passing at the JC all the time. Difference is Ball Is Life isn’t there to video it all.



  11. SeoulCat
    8:50 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Get Mudiay. We don’t need Harrow 2.0. This kid doesn’t have the quickest first step and isn’t that explosive going to the rim. No-look-passes are fine for YouTube, but rarely effective in real games.



  12. cracka
    9:49 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    who gave those comparisons? those are horrible … wall and rose are scoring pgs, perkins is a distributing pg. how many highlights have we seen of perkins dunking on somebody? i like the idea of perkins and mudiay both coming, id rather have perkins coming off the bench as opposed to hawkins



  13. Doo Doo Brown
    5:06 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Perkins is a better pg than Mudiay. Better shooter, passer, and higher IQ. Rose, Wall, Harrow comparisons are moronic!



  14. Jimmy B
    5:43 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    -13, better than mudiay????? lay off dat crack brotha! LOL



  15. Jordan
    3:16 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    “If John Wall and Derrick Rose were combined, with just a touch less athleticism, you would have Josh Perkins.” Wouldn’t that make him the best point guard ever? Or at least the #1 player in his class?



  16. Sinemax
    1:31 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    @Jimmy B,
    PG Wise, Perkins is better than Mudiay. Tyus is #1 PG in the nation, and Mudiay is the #1 Combo Guard. He could easily switch between the 1 and 2 with zero issues. Looking at this situation, the only way Perkins get an offer is if UK feels Tyus isn’t happening after evaluating the July Live Period. Cal will be all over Tyus in July, which Perkins will see for himself.