November 20, 2011

Hard work pays off

Kevin McCarthy

Shayne Perryman sounds like the name of an Old West gunslinger. Maybe he was in a previous incarnation but the 2011 version is a sharpshooting Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) sophomore possessing long distance shooting prowess as well as dribble-drive proficiency.

photo of Shayne Perryman

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Perryman is living evidence that both skills advancement and broadening is possible with the necessary effort. An example: he buried a trio of treys on his way to 11 points in a season opening November 7 loss to Foothill. He also enjoyed three three-pointers in a matchup against San Jose City College earlier this young season.

"When I was in high school, going to the basket was the main part of my game and I was good at it," he explained. "Now, shooting is my most powerful tool."

He worked on getting better form with Tom Curtiss, a former Soquel High basketball coach and now the proprietor of Shot Science.

As for hoops influences in his development, Perryman said, "definitely Tom but also my older brothers had a huge impact on me. They were always pushing me to get better and to never give up. I kill them now when we play. Plus, my stepdad who is a former boxer and football player always gives me good advice."

Perryman played basketball and football as a freshman at Soquel High, plus he was on a soccer traveling team. But brain surgery curtailed any sophomore sports participation. Once he recovered, "I figured I would stop playing football and focus on basketball." He played two years at St. Francis plus was a member of the West Valley Basketball Club.

While at St. Francis, Perryman says his best basketball moment took place.

"In my senior year, at St. Francis, we won the league title [12-0, 27-2 overall] and went to the CCS versus Pinewood. The game was at Santa Clara and we won there. My guy had the ball at the end, stepped back on a three but missed it." St. Francis won 45-43 before later on falling to University 76-70.

Perryman was named Co-Player-of-the-Year for his senior season accomplishments of 17 points and nine rebounds a game.

Then it was time for the next step.

"Out of high school, I had offers in state but Coach Spiering was always in contact," Perryman explained. "He went to all my games, congratulating me and offering advice."

Now with a year and some months under his belt, Perryman offered, "College is so much different than high school. I have two roommates -- one works, the other plays football -- I call them my brothers because we've been close all of our lives. Living on my own has given me a chance to grow up, to be myself. On my own, I have to look out for myself. But MPC isn't far from home" [that being 40 miles away in Santa Cruz].

As for academics , Perryman also performs well. "I sit in ront in classes and I don't miss class. I pride myself on that." MPC offers the TRIO programs, where members of the basketball program and other students attend study hall, with tutors, computers and counselors available.

He isn't sure about his major but knows he wants to stay involved in sports

With recruiting, it's simply too early. "I have no idea," Perryman said when asked about any geographical prerequisites.