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Blowing Up!: Proviso East’s Phillip Perry Is Having A Srong Spring

Brian Stinnette
May 6, 2004

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Proviso East’s Phillip Perry is enjoying a strong spring on the basketball court. Perry, who plays on the AAU circuit with the Illinois Warriors, has stepped up big against solid competition.

Perry, a 6-2 combination guard, is known for his ability to score. Last season, Perry averaged 22 points and 5 assists per contest. Perry has range out beyond the three-point arc, and also has the ability to break down a defender and get to the hole.

Perry told that he is spending a lot of time watching, and studying other players to improve his game. He is also working with a personal trainer to get stronger, and supplementing his diet with protein shakes to add weight.

Perry says that he has learned a lot from former Proviso East teammates Shannon Brown (Michigan State), Dee Brown (Illinois) and Charles Richardson (Nebraska). Last weekend, highly regarded Eric Devendorf of the Michigan Hurricanes, found out just how tough Perry can be. Devendorf, the #1 Class of 2005 prospect in Michigan, decided to “trash-talk” Perry, and let him know how good he was while the Hurricanes held a double-digit lead. Perry responded by dropping 26 points on Devendorf in every way imaginable, and led the Warriors from a double-digit deficit to a double-digit lead.

Perry mentions a number of schools that are showing interest including Nebraska and Wake Forest. He is looking forward to being the leader of a Proviso East team next year that figures to be pretty good. In addition to Perry, East returns 6-10 Brian Carlwell, Jeremiah Wise and Sergio Brown.

Perry’s stock is on the rise with his strong showing this spring. Perry, and the Illinois Warriors will next be in action May 14-16 at the Adidas May Classic in Bloomington, Indiana. The tournament will also feature the Illinois Fire and Meanstreets.