Ex-Hog com­mit Perry lands in SEC

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

It didn’t take for­mer Arkansas bas­ket­ball com­mit Reg­gie Perry long to find a new home. And it’s in the same con­fer­ence.

The 6-10, 225-pound Perry — a five-star prospect per ESPN. com — an­nounced Mon­day he had pledged to Mis­sis­sippi State, where his father, Al, played col­lege bas­ket­ball.

He cited fol­low­ing in his father’s foot­steps as one of the main fac­tors in his de­ci­sion.

Perry, one of five Arkansas Hawks 17-and-un­der team­mates who was com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville, de­com­mit­ted from the Ra­zor­backs on July 5th with his mom say­ing the de­ci­sion was re­lated to his father’s health.

“Un­for­tu­nately, due to his father’s health, he made the very tough de­ci­sion to de­com­mit from Arkansas this evening with Coach A,” said Kim­berli Perry, Reg­gie’s mother. “This is a de­ci­sion that he has been wrestling with for some time now. He is sad­dened by let­ting the Arkansas fans down, how­ever [he] felt this was the best de­ci­sion for him­self and our fam­ily.”

His father, Al Perry, played point guard for Mis­sis­sippi State from 1974-1978 and led the SEC in as­sists in 1975 and 1976. He was an as­sis­tant coach for 18 years at Mur­ray State, In­di­ana State, Ni­a­gara and the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, among oth­ers.

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