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This Saturday when Kentucky hosts Auburn inside of Rupp Arena, a rapidly growing name that's receiving high praise all across this state will be in attendance. Lyon County's own, Travis Perry, will be taking an unoffical visit to Kentucky this weekend for another look at what the program is all about.
The 2nd Region kid has had quite the star-studded High School career with an upcoming postseason run and one more full season to add to it. He's currently on the path to break the all-time KHSAA scoring record set by Kelly "King" Coleman that dates back to 1953-56, almost 70 years ago. Travis is currently 147 points away from snapping the milestone (4,337 points) with his 4,191 career points, and he's still just a junior.
After receiving an offer from the University of Kentucky last June, John Calipari has made the trip to watch him in multiple occasions before and after the extension. The most recent comes just a week ago where Perry dropped 61 points in front of Coach Cal and assistant coach, K.T. Turner, down in Dawson Springs. Another milestone recently passed for the young star was becoming only the second player in Region 2 history to score more than 1,000 points in a season, stacking up with the likes of Madisonville’s Travis Ford (1989).
Travis Perry now holds offers from Michigan, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Ole Miss, Bradley, Cincinnati, Creighton, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Orleans, Ohio State, Stanford, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and Kentucky, per 247Sports. It's no wonder these school's want him so badly because he has been putting up numbers like this since middle school at the varsity level. He's led his team in scoring in each season, averaging 20.6 PPG in 7th grade, 26.6 PPG in 8th grade, 27.3 PPG in 9th grade, 27.5 PPG in 10th grade, and over 30+ PPG in his 11th grade season. The kid can flat-out score the ball. While no commitment date is set yet and many more (official) visits will likely appear on his calendar after this season, you'd have to think Kentucky would be in contention the entire way through, even if they don't manage to be the last program standing.
Hopefully this visit goes great and Kentucky fans let him know that he is wanted here when they see him walking around the downtown streets. It will be a long time before we ever know if the Cats are serious contenders for his acceptance, but getting him here this weekend is still very great news.