Kaden Perry, a 6’9 center from Battle Ground, Washington, became the first member of the Gonzaga Bulldogs’s recruiting class of 2021, verbally committing to the Zags today.
An amazing moment for this young man @Kaden_Perry20— Manny Melo (@Coach_Melo) June 27, 2019
Kaden and Mark Few and staff, had a great conversation today, and Kaden has verbally committed to play basketball at @ZagMBB !!
This team is very proud of you KP! pic.twitter.com/toJCh0jnhf
There isn’t going to be a lot of information on Perry floating around the interwebs at the moment. He will be entering his junior year of basketball next season, but already has kicked off his high school career nicely. Perry helped lead Battle Ground to its first 4A state tournament berth in over 15 years. Unfortunately, they lost in the first round, but Perry did his part, scoring 20 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and swatting five shots.
Perry also received offers from Montana, Portland, and Washington. Snagging a home-state recruit from UW is a nice cherry on top, but the “outside of Seattle” areas have always been fair game in the recruiting battles between the Bulldogs and the Huskies.
Although it is impossible to predict how the squad will look at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, as it stands now, the Zags will be led by seniors Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi. The 2019 core comprised of Anton Watson, Drew Timme, Brock Ravet, and others, will be juniors. Dominick Harris and Julian Strawther will be sophomores. Even with a bit of attrition to the NBA amongst all those players, 2021 should be a good time to be a Zag, and Perry will be stepping onto a loaded squad.
Here is some video to tide us over.