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June 5, 2013

Perkins switching schools in effort to raise profile


Make no mistake, one of the top performers of the spring has been Josh Perkins. And despite all the compliments, he hasn't stopped working on his game as he sorts through the recruiting process.

The rising senior from Denver -- who ranks No. 42 in the Rivals150 -- has been outstanding with his summer team, the Colorado Miners, and established himself as one of the top floor generals in the country. However, the 6-foot-2 point guard hadn't really gotten a chance to showcase himself to a national audience.

Over the weekend, Perkins got that chance at the Pangos All-American Camp. He played well and held his own against just about everybody, including the nation's top rising senior point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay.

"It's always going to be a good game between Emmanuel and I," said Perkins. "He's in my eyes the best point guard in the nation and I just have to step my game up every time that we're on the court together.

"He's a great point guard and gets his teammates involved. He's way more physical than I am, but I think I'm right there hand and hand with him. He just has that strength and plays against better people on a daily basis."

That desire to play against better competition on a daily basis means that Perkins will be on the move for his senior season.

After attending Regis Jesuit in the Denver area, he'll head to powerhouse Huntington (W.Va.) Prep for his final year of high school.

Head coach Rob Fulford will no doubt enjoy Perkins' high-level ability to create for others while also generating offense. The national schedule and competition in practice should help Perkins as he works to get stronger and add more burst off the dribble.

Because of his play this spring, Perkins has put himself in a position to move further up the rankings. He says that rankings don't matter, but watching him play you can see the edge and chip on his shoulder.

That edge along, with his skill, has caused schools from all over the country to lob interest his way. He's not in any rush to make a decision -- he says that he and his family will narrow things in August -- but while in Los Angeles he checked out UCLA and mentioned the Bruins among three teams that have been hitting him the hardest. He also says that a few new programs have called.

"UCLA, USC and Gonzaga," said Perkins when asked who is recruiting him the hardest. "Then I got recent calls from Syracuse, UConn and Kentucky."



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