Josh Perkins To Announce Aug. 25 After UK, UConn Visits
Huntington (W.V.) Prep point guard Josh Perkins will make his college announcement Aug. 25, but not before he takes visits to Kentucky and UConn, his father told SNY.tv Saturday night.
“He’s comfortable enough with all the information he has and the visits coming up so he can put all his focus on the prep school,” Randy Perkins said in regards to his son’s move to Huntington from Aurora (Co.) Regis Jesuit.
The elder Perkins said his son — the Rivals No. 28 player in the Class of 2014 — is considering Kentucky, UConn, Gonzaga, UCLA, USC and Minnesota and that all but Kentucky have offered.
The 6-foot-2 Perkins was to have visited UConn after the NIke Point Guard Academy at Kean University, but he hurt his back and postponed the visit.
Randy said they would likely visit UConn in August now.
“He was scheduled to go to UConn his past weekend, but when he got banged up he said, ‘I need to rest,'” Randy said.
“Coach [Kevin] Ollie said, ‘We’re going to make sure it happens. Make sure you don’t commit until you visit.”
He added: “Coach Ollie has been so spirited in his efforts to recruit Josh. He was recruiting Josh when he was just an assistant. Now that he has has taken the reins he has put a fullcourt press on Josh. It’s pretty exciting. He’s an engaging, spiritual coach.”
Kentucky, meantime, has offered fellow 2014 point guards Tyus Jones — who plans to attend college with Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor — and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Duke is considered the favorite for Jones, Okafor and perhaps 2014 Houston St. John’s wing Justise Winslow.
Randy said his son would likely visit Kentucky sometime in August because it is only about an hour and 20 minutes from Huntington Prep. He is due at Huntington in early August.
“It’s a kid’s dream to play for Coach [John] Calipari and play for Kentucky,” Randy said. “However, if or when the offer comes, he won’t make a decision until the dust settles.”
Perkins has already visited Minnesota, Gonzaga, UCLA and USC, as he discussed in this video.
Said Randy: “The only ones he really needs to see are Kentucky and UConn.”
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