April 14, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Wednesday that Jordin Mayes and Jesse Perry have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The duo is expected to enroll in July.
Mayes, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard from Los Angeles, Calif., is ranked as the No. 106 overall prospect in the country and the No. 28 shooting guard by rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 92 by espn.com. Mayes, who prepped at Westchester High School, averaged 18.8 points and 2.3 assists per game as a senior in leading the Comets to back-to-back CIF Division I state championships for coach Ed Azzam.
He was named to the Los Angeles Times boys' All-Star Team as a senior and earned honorable all-state honors as a junior after averaging 19.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Mayes participated in the Top 25 "Cream of the Crop" All-Star game following the Pangos All-American Camp last summer. He also earned the Phil Ford Award at the Pangos Camp, which is presented to the player who would shine in a more structured setting.
Mayes is the first Westchester product to play at Arizona since Hassan Adams (2002-06).
"Jordin Mayes has won back-to-back state championships and had prominent roles on each," said Miller. "He is the ultimate winner. First and foremost, he is an excellent three-point shooter and that, coupled with good size, gives him an opportunity to play both the point and off-guard positions during his career."
Perry, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from St. Louis, Mo., averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game at John A. Logan Community College in Cartersville, Ill., while shooting 40 percent from three-point range. He helped the Volunteers to a 24-7 record and a conference title for coach Mark Imhoff.
A first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, Perry was the Player of the Year in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference this year. He tallied 31 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Olney Central and followed that up with 28 points and 13 boards against Wabash Valley College.
Perry, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, attended Gateway Tech High School in St. Louis, leading the Jaguars to a conference championship and a berth in the quarterfinals of the Class 5 state tournament as a senior.
"Jesse Perry is a very productive basketball player," said Miller. He has the unique ability to impact the game in many ways: he's a 40-percent three-point shooter, has excellent offensive and defensive rebounding abilities and is a skilled passer. It's that versatility and the fact that he is a bit older that gives him a chance to contribute immediately.
"These two signees are great additions to the Arizona family. Their backgrounds in solid man-to-man defensive programs put them in a great position to impact our team right away," Miller continued.
With the signing of Mayes and Perry, Miller now has three student-athletes in his second recruiting class at Arizona. Daniel Bejarano signed a National Letter-of-Intent during the November Early Signing Period.