The Youngstown State Men’s basketball program was born way back in 1927. Of all the talented players to don a Penguin jersey, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more decorated one than Senior Kendrick Perry…a player who is winding down his college career in record-breaking fashion.
“When God created collegiate the thought of intercollegiate athletics, there was a picture of that dude in there,” YSU Head Coach Jerry Slocum said.
After being tabbed the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, the senior Guard known affectionately known as KP…recently posting a myriad of milestones for the Penguins. Perry is now the program’s Division One scoring leader…but remains unphased by individual achievements.
“The main focus is these next couple games, and just keep getting better every day, and grabbing a couple wins, and by the time the tournament comes around, we’ll be playing our best basketball,” Perry said.
“He’s not one dimensional. He’ll have 31 points. He’ll also have five or six assists. He’ll have three or four steals,” Slocum added.
And he’s racked up a total of 238 steals in his career…the most-ever by any player in Horizon League history.
“He has that it-factor which is a little bit of that quickness. That explosiveness that he has. The fact that he can get off the floor,” said Slocum.
Perry’s banner career is also quickly speeding towards its end…with just four games left in the regular season.
” Ya know, I try not to think about it,” Perry admitted. “I really don’t. But, reality does set in, and I have thought about it from time to time. But I’m just taking everything one day at a time, and try to finish off these last couple days strong.”
“KP has been a treat. He’s been a treat every day from his Freshman year. Coachable, likable, personality. He means the world to me,” added Slocum.