January 30, 2011

Perry back in action

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Josh Perry's junior year has certainly tested his resiliency. After becoming Ohio State's first verbal commitment in the 2012 class, Perry has battled through injuries that have hindered both his football and basketball seasons but the 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete is now fully healthy and back on the hardwood.

On Saturday evening, Perry's Olentangy hoops squad came up just short against bitter rival Olentangy Liberty, falling 47-45 in a game that could have gone either way.

"Everybody has been playing really hard and our team has come really close to finishing in a lot of games," Perry said. "That's the one thing that we're proud of. Everybody played hard, we didn't get a couple of breaks and we missed a couple of shots. It was a tough game against a good opponent so we're proud of what we did."

While Perry would have liked the result to be different, what he's most happy about is getting back out there and competing with his teammates.

"I'm one hundred percent now," Perry said. "I love it. I just love competing and I love being out there with my teammates."

Though Perry's recruiting process is more or less over, he has taken an active role in helping the Buckeyes attract more top flight talent to its 2012 and even 2011 classes.

"I keep up with a lot of the guys on Facebook," Perry explained. "I talked to Warren (Ball Jr.) recently and I saw him down at a bowl practice about a month ago."

Perry liked what he saw from the Buckeyes at the bowl practice and also used the opportunity to work OSU's biggest remaining target in the 2011 class.

"They were looking good," said Perry of the team. "When I was down at practice I was talking to some of the guys. I was talking to Curtis Grant and a bunch of the juniors."

Perry also liked what he saw from the Buckeyes in the big Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas.

"They pulled it out and it was a great game," Perry said. "A lot of guys played hard and I really enjoyed watching it."

Marc Givler is a freelance writer based in Ohio


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