Poly star Perry com­mits to Tem­ple

Guard-for­ward ad­mired for work ethic, ver­sa­til­ity had 13 dou­ble dou­bles last sea­son

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Graham glenn.graham@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Glen­nGra­hamSun Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Matt Bracken con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

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.”

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