A second 2021 recruit is now on campus with the Texas Longhorns basketball program after reporting over Memorial Day weekend, as Dallas Jesuit shooting guard Gavin Perryman arrived in Austin after committing to the Longhorns last Thursday.
The staff may not make a final determination about Perryman’s scholarship status until a player like senior forward Jericho Sims makes a final determination about his professional future after entering his name in the 2021 NBA Draft without hiring an agent.
However, the Statesman reported on Tuesday that Perryman is “likely” to receive a scholarship this season under new head coach Chris Beard.
The 6’2, 175-pound shooting guard is the son of former Texas guard Brandy Perryman and may be the 2021 addition that assistant coach Ulric Maligi teased last month. Unranked by Rivals or 247Sports, Perryman also held offers from Army and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, but largely flew under the recruiting radar in the state.
As a senior, Perryman averaged 19.6 points per game and shooting 45.8 percent from three-point range while leading Dallas Jesuit in assists (90) and steals (36). Perryman scored 34 points in two different games as a senior. An All-District first team selection as a sophomore and junior, Perryman led the Rangers in scoring and assists during the 2019-20 season.
The three-point shooting percentage for Perryman was all the more impressive as a senior since his highlights are littered with three-pointers off the bounce or well behind the three-point line or both. His crossover is an effective move to create enough space to get his shot off and helps him set up his drives to make plays for himself or his teammates. At Texas, Perryman projects as more of a spot-up three-point shooter who can handle the ball at times.
The tempting comparison is to Beard’s Italian sharpshooter at Texas Tech, Davide Moretti, although Moretti also held offers UConn, Indiana, and Utah and was ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports. If Perryman can even approximate Moretti’s success, then he’ll be a worthwhile take and an impressive evaluation by Beard and his staff.