UK out of the picture for 2014 guard Josh Perkins

 Posted by at 5:16 PM on August 21, 2013  Add comments
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Josh Perkins is considered one of the best point guards in the Class of 2014. Photo: Karl Gehring/Denver Post

Josh Perkins is considered one of the best point guards in the Class of 2014.
Photo: Karl Gehring/Denver Post

Kentucky is no longer an option for highly touted point guard Josh Perkins.

Perkins narrowed his list to UCLA, Gonzaga and Minnesota on Wednesday. UK had been recruiting the 6-foot-2 prospect all summer, but the Wildcats never offered him a scholarship. UConn and Southern Cal were among the schools that had offered but are no longer under consideration.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford confirmed to the Herald-Leader that Perkins is down to three finalists. Perkins is from Aurora, Colo., but he will play his senior season at Huntington Prep. He’s scheduled to announce his college decision Saturday night in Colorado.

Randy Perkins told the Herald-Leader last week that UK remained in contact with his son but had not offered a scholarship. The elder Perkins added that Josh would not deviate from his planned announcement on Aug. 24 in hopes of getting a UK offer.

“They’re only in the mix if an offer comes,” Randy Perkins said. “That’s not to put pressure on anybody. But you can’t entertain a school if there’s no offer there. They could call a million times, but if they don’t make an offer… you know.”

Perkins is considered the No. 25 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer said earlier this summer that Perkins is one of the best passers he’s scouted in the last 10 years.

UK has offered three point guards from the Class of 2014: Tyus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyler Ulis. All three players are scheduled to take official visits to Kentucky this fall.

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  4 Responses to “UK out of the picture for 2014 guard Josh Perkins”

  1. I really like Josh Perkins. I think he would make the UK big men better scorers with his abiltiy to pass. A good passer makes the whole team better. Plus I know he would love playing for Calipari. I understand why Calipari may not want to offer a scholorship too quickly, but I do not understand why Josh is in such a hurry to decide. I think he is making a mistake rushing his decision and UK is making a mistake for not offering a scholorship. If Josh is in a hurry to go to the next level, he is making a huge mistake by dumping Kentucky. Calipari seems to develop point guards better and faster than anyone that has ever coached the game. Josh will be a 4 year man anywhere else; one maybe two years at UK.

  2. I hope Josh reconsiders his decision date. Rushing a decision is not likely to put him in the best spot. On the other hand, I really like what he would bring to UK and wish UK would make him an offer. I think his passing ability would make the entire team better.

  3. This may be a push for Cal to make a move. It seems like this kid wants an offer and is hoping Cal will take this as a hint. With three offers for PG’s out there I really do not think that he will get an offer by his deadline. This kid is really good but he is not in the same league as Tyus Jones.

  4. So what happens if Josh continues to wait for UK, the schools that have made him offers sign other players, and then the offer never comes from UK? He is then stuck. Besides, there is a lot to be said for going somewhere that you are wanted versus being an after thought. Apparently he is not the #1 point guard among UK’s prospects.

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