Perry named Freshman of the Week
In the wake of consecutive double-doubles against George Mason and Alabama, 6-foot-8 USF forward Chris Perry has been named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week.
Perry totaled 14 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday's 66-64 victory against the Crimson Tide, including a layup with 2:31 to go that stretched the Bulls' lead to 60-52. It marked the first time a Bull had notched back-to-back double-doubles since Victor Rudd did it in early January.
Three nights before, Perry collected 14 points and 11 boards in his team's improbable 68-66 triumph at George Mason, when the Bulls rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final 12:19.
"(The honor) feels pretty good, but even better that my team's winning again," Perry said. "We're learning how to play together, really coming together as a team."
Perhaps not coincidentally, Perry's back-to-back sparkling efforts have occurred with he and 6-10 classmate John Egbunu in the starting lineup together. In five of the Bulls' first six games, Perry came off the bench.
"I guess early on, I still feel like we did the right thing just bringing him along where he can get his feet wet first, and I think it's paid dividends for us," Bulls coach Stan Heath said Monday.
"It's made him a little hungrier in practice...to maybe have a little more value of earning the job instead of it maybe being given (to him)."