Former USF forward Chris Perry participated in the Elite Skills Training Pro Day in Miami to make a push for himself in the 2017 NBA Draft.
“It was awesome, I had a couple of butterflies,” said Perry. “But I knew at the end of the day it was the exact same thing we’ve been doing for the past month I’ve been down here.”
Perry has had a rough college career. The forward was dismissed as a junior for violating team rules. It was the second time he had a violation of the rules that season and missed six American Athletic Conference games because of a suspension.
“I’m trying to make the right decisions, espeically for my mom,” Perry explained of his past. “And the best decision that I’ve made was staying away from stuff that got me pulled out of my last school.”
While playing at USF Perry was the Bulls’ second-leading scorer at 10.1 points per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and averaged 6.6 rebounds per game.
“I’m feeling a whole lot better, I’m moving a whole lot easier, ever since I made that decision I’ve been a better person.”
Of course Perry found himself in the mix of USF’s rocky Orlando Antigua era. After being dismissed from USF he transferred to Lincoln Memorial, a Division II school in Tennessee. He had interest from Division I schools such as Arizona State and Virginia Tech, but that would have required Perry sit out for a year.
Now the Bartow native is focusing on making a career in the NBA. He has been training hard and believes he has a lot to offer NBA teams.
“I feel like I can manuver myself to where I need to go with my strength and then I have enough skill that if I don’t get there I can shoot over the top or throw my hook over someone.”
“I’m going to bring a lot of great energy, a skilled player,” said Perry. “I just bring a lot of positive vibes.”