|Hatters Add to 2010 Recruiting Class with Signing of Chris Perez and Complete the “I-4 5”|
DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson Head Coach Derek Waugh is proud to announce the signing of Chris Perez to a Grant In Aid. Perez, a Liberty transfer, originally prepped for regional power Oldsmar Christian out of Tampa and coach Ryan Pannone. At Liberty, Perez played in 31 contests as a freshman with three starts. He averaged 5.5 points in over 15 minutes a game and shot 50% from the 3 point arc. In high school, he broke the Pinellas County scoring record of former Hatter Gabe McMillen and led the county in scoring for three years. Coming out of high school in 2009, Perez was rated as the 9th best player in the state of Florida by the HoopScooponline.com and one of the Top-10 shooting guards in the state by ESPN.com. He finished his high school career with over 3,000 points.
"We have known Chris for quite a while and know that he is a really good player", said Waugh. "I respect Dale (Layer) and he had nothing but good things to say about Chris as a player and a person. Chris played for Coach Pannone at Oldsmar so we know he has a working and winning background. He should be a very good player for us as he can score, as well as defend and rebound. I like big, strong guards".
The signing of Perez completes a stellar recruiting class for the Hatters dubbed the "I-4 5" for their proximity to the Interstate that runs from Daytona to Clearwater, otherwise known as the I-4 Corridor. The freshman class has garnered national attention from media outlets such as ESPN.com and with the addition of transfers Adam Pegg and Chris Perez, the Hatters have added proven college players to the roster who will be eligible to compete in 2011-12. The "I-4 5" consists of Corey Walden (Seabreeze H.S.-Daytona Beach), Luis Jacobo (Winter Springs H.S.-Winter Springs), Steven Forbes (East Ridge H.S.-Clermont), Chris Perez (Oldsmar Christian-Oldsmar/Tampa) and Adam Pegg (Clearwater H.S.-Clearwater).
"Last year I made the statement that I thought last year's class was our best to date in my tenure. To a certain extent that started playing itself out with the contribution of our freshman last year (almost 1,000 points scored on the season as a class). Although, not all of this year's signees will be able to suit up for us in 2010-11, this class probably has the chance to be even better. I think all the hard work of our staff members over the years is paying off from a recruiting standpoint", said Waugh.
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