June 26, 2012

Perryman shoots to Idaho

Kevin McCarthy

It took some time and a certain amount of checking around but St. Francis High (Watsonville) and Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) sharpshooter Shayne Perryman has found a fit.

The 6-foot-6 Perryman is a marksmen of note -- 49% overall, 89% from the foul line and 50% from long distance on 143 attempts this past season -- so getting to a system both needing accuracy and range while offering opportunities off screens and cuts became a mutual admiration society. He chose Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and Coach Dave Daniels in Nampa, Idaho, 20 miles west of Boise. For the record, the Crusaders shot 38% on trey attempts as a team in 2011-12, putting up 152 more three-pointers than opponents.

photo of Shayne Perryman

NNU plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference of which Western Washington, the reigning D-II national champion, is a member.

By the way, Perryman also passed for 60 assists last season as well as grabbing 115 rebounds, both numbers second on the MPC team.

So why NNU?

"They showed a lot of interest in me and I felt very welcomed when I visited," he explained. "I enjoyed the coaches and met a couple of players while I was there and they were cool. It's a not too big, not too small Christian school."

Plus there will be some of what white stuff coming down from the heavens and as Perryman put it: "I love the snow."

The coaching staff said, "they wanted me because I shoot the ball very well and they wanted to fill the shooter spot on the team. My role will be catch and shoot, screen and pop."

The NNU schedule has the Crusaders in southern California and also San Diego come mid-November of this coming season so there will be opportunities for family to see Perryman play. Additionally, there is a history of NNU playing in tournaments in and around the hometowns of the seniors during their final year.

Perryman wanted to thank "first, my family for sticking by me 110% and also the coaching staff at MPC. Coach [Blake] Spiering promised me he would do his best about a scholarship and my two years at MPC expanded my options. I thank him for that."

He is looking to major in business management.

As for his future, Perryman said "I want to get my degree and shoot for pro ball," no pun intended.