Darius Perry had announced on Twitter a while ago his intention to enter the transfer portal as a grad transfer. It was a move some expected, but it was still hard to see the junior move on.
The speculation about where he might end up was interesting. Some believed he may go back to his home state of Georgia and play for a school there; maybe the University of Georgia and Tom Crean. Georgia was a finalist during his original recruitment (at that time coached by Mark Fox). Others, after Rick Pitino took the Iona job, believed a reunion between the two was inevitable as Pitino was the man who recruited Perry to Louisville.
In the end, it was neither of those options. Darius Perry committed to the University of Central Florida yesterday as first reported by Rivals Corey Evans.
Louisville grad-transfer Darius Perry just committed to UCF, his father tells @RivalsPortal https://t.co/9JzmjcQeXr pic.twitter.com/fhpWGbs4lc
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 20, 2020
Perry should have a chance to flourish under former Duke great and UCF Head Coach Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins’ teams at UCF are known for their aggressive defense and Perry’s greatest attribute is his on-ball pressure defense. Perry can likely help offensively as he has been able to get to the rim and this year showed his ability as a spot-up shooter from the 3-point line.
I think this is a great fit for Darius and will allow him to showcase his natural talent as a bulldog on defense. Congrats to Darius Perry from us here at CSZ.