The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that Cal State Northridge Matadors forward Brandon Perry will head south on I-5 and recommence his college hoops career with the San Diego Toreros next season.
(Side note: apparently a matador and a torero are sort of the same thing. You learn something new every day.)
Perry played fairly well as a freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points for the Matadors and appearing in 29 games.
San Diego coach Bill Grier told the Union-Tribune that Perry sought a transfer after Northridge declined to renew the contract of former head coach Bobby Braswell. When he arrives at San Diego, Perry will have to sit out a transfer season, but he’ll have three seasons of eligibility left for USD afterward. Grier says he’ll take that time to work on the 6’7″, 275-lb. Perry’s physique and post-up game.
“I don’t want him to lose his thickness. I like that. But we’ve got to get him in better shape,” Grier said. “He’s aggressive. He can score around the basket pretty well, plus step out 15, 17 feet and knock down the shot pretty consistently.”
Perry has already enrolled at San Diego and will begin summer classes on Monday. He’ll join the team on the floor in the 2014-15 season as the program struggles to compete in the tough West Coast Conference while attempting to put a devastating point-shaving scandal in the rear-view mirror.
Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.
Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.
The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.
Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.
Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.
The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.
Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.