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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
UW Men's Basketball
By Bob Condotta
It wasn't so much what Lorenzo Romar accomplished at Washington last season that sold Harvey Perry on becoming a Husky, but Romar himself.
Perry, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound swingman from Henderson, Nev., gave an oral commitment to UW men's basketball coaches over the weekend.
He said he expects to sign a letter-of-intent with Washington in the early signing period this fall. Perry will attend Brewster Academy Prep School in Wolfeboro, N.H. the same school attended last year by incoming freshman guard Joel Smith and won't arrive at UW until the fall of 2005.
Also expected to sign this fall is Artem Wallace, a 6-8 forward from Toledo, who has also made an oral commitment to UW.
Perry said he had scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College and Minnesota, among others, but said he picked the Huskies largely because of Romar's persistence.
"He came at me more strongly than a lot of the other (head) coaches," Perry said. "With the other schools, usually I heard from the assistant coaches."
Perry describes himself as an "all-around player" who can play either guard position and small forward. UW will need some perimeter players in the 2005 season to replace the likes of Tre Simmons and Will Conroy, who will be seniors this year, and possibly Nate Robinson, who is expected to turn pro after next season.
Perry graduated from Foothill High in Henderson but said he planned all along to attend prep school for a year.
Perry, who said he will take an official recruiting visit to Washington next week, is good friends with Corey Williams, a sophomore receiver from Las Vegas on the Husky football team.
"We played on the same Pop Warner team," Perry said. "I talked to him (Sunday) and he was telling me all about the school and everything."
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