TEANECK, NEW JERSEY -- Kendrick Perkins, the 6-10, 265 center from Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, frequently found four men guarding him when he had the ball near the basket. Points were the result of the play as often as not at this week's adidas ABCD camp on Fairleigh Dickinson's campus.
RivalsHoops.com's Number 4 player in the recently released Top 100 list and likely NBA lottery pick said he will make a decision on a college in August and then decide in May whether to go to school. He will choose from Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, Miami and Michigan. Other schools that he was considering include Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas A&M.
Kendrick said he has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT in the fall. He averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks last year for the 32-3 state runner-up team.
"This camp has been excellent," he said. "I'm facing top competition. It's been great to show my skills to the coaches." According to camp officials, this included 11 NBA scouts.
And in a twist, Perkins will not be traveling the AAU circuit this summer. "I did that for the last three years," he said. "I don't think my game has improved that much. So now I'm working every day with my coaches at home. I start at 8 a.m. lifting weights."
This soft-spoken, polite big man is well aware of the media attention and NBA speclation. "That motivates me to work harder and perform even better," he noted.
Perkins averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.9 blocks in the eight games at ABCD hitting 57 percent of his shots. In the senior all-star game he had seven points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. In one play, he grabbed the defensive rebound and took the ball down the floor through a couple defenders for a layup. A layup not a dunk that would have been harder to make.
The folks in Texas and wherever else Ozen plays this year will have an opportunity to see a very talented player with loads of potential to be a great pro.