CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA -- He is very modest about his skills and his accomplishments on the basketball court. In fact, Bobby Perry, a 6-7, 215-pound forward from Hillsdale High School in Durham, North Carolina, told us he has a lot to work on despite giving a commitment to Kentucky.
"I got a lot to work on," Perry said. "To play for a great program like Kentucky in the SEC you better be the best player you can. Kentucky knows how hard I work. So I try to work on my overall game all the time."
Perry is competing this weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions event in North Carolina. He has looked sharp. But Perry won't rest. "I can't," Perry said. "I want to be ready to play the three slot at Kentucky. That's what Kentucky recruited me for starting the 2003-2004 season. I plan to work on my strength, my shooting, my ballhandling. Everything."
Perry picked Kentucky over Stanford and Wake Forest. "I felt very comfortable with coach Tubby Smith," Perry said. "He is a great coach. He is also a better person. That's what I really liked about him. He cares about you."
Perry, who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game last season as a junior. "I will do whatever coach Smith wants me to do," Perry said. "Right now I was recruited to play the three. If it changes, it changes. I will listen to him. I am just going to work hard this summer. I am going to get into the weight room and try to add some more weight before I get to Kentucky."