Sabre Scoop: Perrantes’ Fit And More

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Quite a few message board posters have been high on London Perrantes since he signed with the Hoos. Understandably so. He piled up quite a few accolades after his senior season including Los Angeles Daily News 2012/2013 Player of the Year, Mission League MVP honors, and the John Wooden Award for Division IV schools in California. He averaged 19.7 points and 5.8 assists this past season while his team finished 23-10. Rivals listed Perrantes as a 3-star recruit, while Scout pegged him at 4 stars.

That’s all high school news, though. Perrantes since has enrolled in summer school at Virginia where he will try to translate his skills to the ACC level. I took time to watch 2.5 full Crespi games on video recently and wanted to share a scouting report of sorts with EDGE fans.

First, I think he really fits the Tony Bennett mold when you look at the types of guards the young coach has recruited in his career. Perrantes has long arms, a solid but not bulky build, and good athleticism though he won’t dunk on people in traffic type of athleticism. From a system standpoint – Pack Line Defense and value and share the ball offense – the traits are all there too in terms of footwork, understanding floor position, and so forth.

As for specifics, here are some notes, broken down by category:

Offense. Perrantes played in a drive-and-kick oriented offense, which worked well with his passing skills. He sees the floor very well and gets teammates involved. He used the dribble to draw in the defense or move the defense in order to make a pass frequently on film. The timing on his passes is really, really good – the ball arrives on time and on location, which is good for shooters. Perrantes’ open floor vision is evident as well as he showed over-the-defense passes, no-look passes, and bounce passes in transition opportunities.

Perrantes really understands offensive angles and pacing. He used his body and change of pace/change of rhythm dribbles to manipulate defenders regularly. When you hear UVa coaches say a player has a “feel” for the game, I think it shows up in those things. He angles off defensive pursuit angles well once he gets a step on you. That means

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