Perry Stevenson doesn't say a lot. The 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward from Northside High School in Lafayette, La., doesn't get caught up in the media spotlight. He doesn't get fazed by the high profile coaches that come to his home or his school. There aren't a lot of things that really get to the four-star big man. However, after visiting Kentucky and taking part of their Midnight Madness festivities, he was impressed, according to his head coach Rick Lebato.
Lebato said Stevenson and his mother came home impressed with Tubby Smith's program.
"He got to see their Midnight Madness up there. Apparently that was one of the better ones they've ever had," Lebato said. "They opened Rupp Arena up to everybody instead of having it over at the Memorial Coliseum. He said, 'Coach, it's got three levels there.' I guess he didn't realize on how big Rupp Arena is."
23,000 fans decked out in blue certainly has it's affect on a youngster. For the usually even-keeled Stevenson, he seemed to enjoy his trip, Lebato said.
Stevenson has already officially visited Texas Tech. The No. 59 ranked player in the senior class said he saw the similarities between the Red Raiders and the Wildcats.
"He said it was similar to Texas Tech," Lebato said. "He met with the players and the academic advisors. It's the same stuff everywhere you go, meeting the coaches and everybody."
Next stop on his visit list is Texas on Oct. 28, Lebato said.
"He's just going through the process," Lebato said. "He doesn't really know who it's going to be. He liked Texas Tech. He liked Kentucky. He told me he doesn't really know what he's going to do yet. He's just going through the process of finding out.
"We are going to meet this week and see how the rest of it all will play out. He hopes to sign in November. That's the plan."