DENVER | The decision is in, Josh Perkins is headed to Gonzaga.
The 6-foot-2 guard, who played the last three seasons at Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School, announced his decision live on 9News, flanked by former teammates, coaches and friends.
Perkins — who had significant interest from more than 30 Division I schools in the past year — had Minnesota and UCLA in his final group. He shared the behind-the-scenes of the recruiting process for this piece in the February issue of Aurora Magazine.
In the end, he chose coach Mark Few and the Bulldogs, who were a No. 1 seed in last year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“It’s a great program, so hopefully I can come in and help them win a national championship,” Perkins said on the air, lifting up his shirt to reveal “Gonzaga Bulldogs” printed on his stomach.
The Aurora Sentinel’s Co-Player of the Year for the 2012-13 boys basketball season when he averaged 25.2 points per game to lead Class 5A and averaged 6.5 assists per game for coach Ken Shaw’s Raiders, Perkins announced in May that he’ll play his senior season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
Perkins becomes the latest of the bumpercrop of talented players in Aurora from last season to find a Division I basketball home.
He follows Eric Garcia of Grandview (Wofford), Cherokee Trail’s Drick Bernstine (University of Denver), Aurora Central’s Carlton Hurst (Colorado State) and Rangeview’s Jeremiah Paige, a current senior, who also committed to CSU.
Overland junior Austin Conway and sophomore De’Ron Davis already have multiple D-I offers on the table.
Perkins’ father, Randy, who oversaw his lengthy recruiting process was in the studio audience for the announcement, along with Shaw and good friend Bernstine.
“It’s a dream come true; hard work pays off and all those late nights in the gym are worth it,” Perkins told 9News’ Aaron Matas.
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel