Poly star Perry commits to Temple
Guard-forward admired for work ethic, versatility had 13 double doubles last season
Poly boys basketball star De’Vondre Perry has come a long way since he first walked into the school’s gym as a sophomore transfer from a small North Carolina town.
The 6-foot-6 guard-forward has worked hard to refine his versatile inside-outside game, earning All-Metro first-team honors after leading the Engineers to their first Baltimore City Division I boys basketball championship last season.
On Friday, he announced his next stop, making a commitment to play for coach Fran Dunphy’s Temple Owls next year.
Perry had his choices narrowed to Temple, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. He had a good feeling about Temple from the start of the recruiting process with assistant coach Aaron McKie, a Temple great who went on to play in the NBA, at the forefront of Perry’s desire to play for the Owls.
“It was pretty much the best fit for me,” Perry said. “The relationship I built with Coach McKie, he’s overall a good man and his path is similar to mine, so I felt he’s going to lead me in the best direction.”
Temple has had a lengthy list of quality shooting guards, McKie among them, go on to play professionally and Perry has the same aspirations. Last season, Perry averaged 20.4 points, 12 rebounds and 5.1 assists in his second season at Poly.
Coming to Baltimore from Edenton, N.C., a one-school town near the Outer Banks, was a big adjustment for Perry, but he quickly adapted.
Poly coach Sam Brand said Perry’s work ethic in the gym and classroom — he maintains a 3.3 GPA — have enabled him to provide leadership for the other players.
On the court, it has translated into a dominant game that covers a lot of ground. Last season, he finished with 13 double doubles for the 20-win Engineers.
“Dre’s best asset is that other than the fact that he’s really an exceptional athlete, he can do a little bit of everything, Brand said. “He’s kind of a jack-of-all-trades guy in the age of positionless basketball.”