Perry Stevenson isn't one to show a lot of emotion so on the third day in a row of a constant smile, his head coach Rick Lebato told him to go ahead and make his verbal commitment. The 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward from Northside High School in Lafayette, La., is headed to the SEC.
Stevenson, the No. 59 ranked player in the class of 2006, visited Kentucky over the weekend and took in the Wildcats huge Midnight Madness festivities. On Wednesday, Tubby Smith came down to the Pelican State and was received with big news.
"I saw Perry and his mom giving each other hugs so I knew it was good," Lebato said. "Perry told (Smith) he was coming to Kentucky.
"He's really been excited and he doesn't really do that very often," Lebato continued. "I held him back (from committing earlier) because I wanted him to sleep on it. So after three days and he was still smiling, I told him to go ahead and do it."
Stevenson also considered Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Texas and LSU. The Wildcats have a solid class as Stevenson, a four-star prospect, joins Derrick Jasper, Jodie Meeks and Michael Porter in the 2006 class for UK. Lebato believes Stevenson gives the team some help inside the paint from day one.
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