Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry commits to Gonzaga

first_img Share: Buy this Photo Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry shoots past a Kentridge defender during the 4A Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Perry, the first member of Gonzaga’s 2021 recruiting class, is from the same high school as former Zag Richie Frahm. Battle Ground is roughly 30 miles north of Portland, a region that has produced numerous GU standouts.“I’ve been working on my outside shot,” said Perry, who is playing for the Rose City Rebels AAU team this summer. “This is a time when I can develop my shot, and I can show that going into my junior year.”The Zags have been active recruiting Washington-based prep players. Incoming freshmen Anton Watson (Gonzaga Prep) and Brock Ravet (Kittitas) are part of a nationally ranked 2019 recruiting class. Junior forward Corey Kispert played at King’s High in Shoreline.Perry averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as a sophomore, helping Battle Ground reach the state tournament for the first time since 2002. He had 20 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in a State 4A tournament loss to Kentridge. By Jim Meehan / Spokane Spokesman Review Follow The Columbian on Instagram Gonzaga is on the board in the 2021 recruiting class with an oral commitment from Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry.The junior-to-be was with his Battle Ground squad at Gonzaga’s team camp this week. Prior to leaving Thursday, Perry met with GU head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Tommy Lloyd and Brian Michaelson.“They were telling me about how great this place is and that it’s a great family here,” Perry said. “They asked if I wanted to be part of it. I didn’t even hesitate. I said, ‘I’d love to be part of it.’ I still have the adrenaline going (several hours later).”The Zags have been in contact with Perry, so the offer didn’t come out of the blue. Perry was hopeful, but didn’t know for sure until the scholarship offer came during the meeting. GO “I’ve played against Ravet a couple times,” said Perry, a first-team Greater St. Helens League selection. “We would have played (Gonzaga Prep) if we had won our (first) game at state.”The Zags have two 2020 commitments: 6-7 wing Julian Strawther from Liberty High in Henderson, Nevada, and 6-4 guard Dominick Harris from Rancho Christian High in Temecula, California.The Tigers lost their regional game to league-rival Union, and fell to Kentridge in the state round-of-12 at the Tacoma Dome. In that game, Perry had 20 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks.He earned first-team all-4A Greater St. Helens League honors and was named to The Columbian’s All-Region boys basketball team. Perry joins a notable list of Clark County prep standouts to play basketball at Gonzaga, including Frahm, Prairie’s Dan Dickau and Zach Gourde and Mountain View’s Derek Raivio. Battle Ground head coach Manny Melo snapped a picture of Perry holding a Gonzaga T-shirt standing next to the Bulldog sculpture outside the McCarthey Athletic Center.“An amazing moment for this young man,” Melo tweeted.An amazing moment for this young man @Kaden_Perry20Kaden and Mark Few and staff, had a great conversation today, and Kaden has verbally committed to play basketball at @ZagMBB !! Followcenter_img Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry commits to Gonzaga 6-9 forward averaged double-double as a sophomore leading Tigers to state Battle Ground Tigers Share: Published: June 27, 2019, 1:27pm Tags Receive latest stories and local news in your email: This team is very proud of you KP! pic.twitter.com/toJCh0jnhf— Manny Melo (@Coach_Melo) June 27, 2019“Gonzaga has amazing facilities, the location is great and it’s close to home,” the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Perry said. “They put a lot of guys into the NBA, and I feel like they could help me with my game and help me accomplish what I want to do.”Perry said he had scholarship offers from Washington, Portland and Montana. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img