Last week, City of Basketball Love broke that Drexel received a commitment from New Jersey big man Tim Perry Jr. The pending departure of Rodney Williams and Mohammed Bah meant that Zach Spiker and the Dragons had just two scholarship spots to fill. It also meant that the area that Spiker described as this season’s deepest would get a little more thin. Drexel has two more graduating players in Graduate Student John Moran and Senior Elgin Ford, but both are non-scholarship players so their departure does not vacate spots that can be utilized for recruitment.
While Bah has seen his playing minutes decline, he continues to be a leader from the bench. Williams, on the other hand, has continued to blossom into one of the most skilled, well rounded Drexel big men in recent memory. Without the signing of Perry and 6’8 Jarvis Doles who committed to Drexel in November, the front court was left to Austin Williams and Tyshawn Myles, both seniors, and Jeremy Peck who continues to see occasional impact minutes in his freshman campaign with the Dragons.
Both Doles and Perry are rated 2 stars by most of the college recruiting websites, but so was Williams. With the emergence of Austin Williams this season, and improved, albeit limited play-time of Tyshawn Myles, it looks like the Drexel big men are in good hands with Spiker’s almost larger-than-life assistant coach Paul Fortier. Also, an article about two years ago called Perry Jr, then a junior playing for Cherry Hill East, possibly the best big man in South Jersey. Perry Jr. is currently playing as a post-grad at the Phelps School just outside of West Chester, PA.
And let’s not ignore Perry’ pedigree. If you think that the name Tim Perry looks familiar, it does. Tim Perry Jr’s father is none other than Temple standout Tim Perry Sr. The senior Perry played eight seasons in the NBA with Phoenix and Philadelphia before finishing his career on a very short stint with the New Jersey Nets. He was a first round pick for the Phoenix Suns in 1988.
For a chance to see Tim Perry Jr. play, here is the schedule for this season’s Phelps team.
Tim Perry Jr and Jarvis Doles will not be the only fresh faces on the court for Drexel next season. Waiting in the wings are Troy Harper and Tramaine Isabell. Both players were signed as transfers this summer by Zach Spiker and the Dragons. Harper it appears was aggressively recruited by former Drexel assistant Chris Clark who spent only a short time under Spiker. Isabell comes to Philadelphia from the University of Missouri where he played two seasons.
For all intents and purposes, Drexel could be done recruiting for this season. Based on their scholarship count on VerbalCommits.com the additions of Perry and Doles brings them back up to thirteen scholarship players for next season, but these things can change. Perry’s commitment is verbal right now, so until he signs his Letter of Intent, nothing is finalized. Then, there are player transfers. In the final four seasons of Bruiser Flint’s tenure at Drexel, a total of six players left the program via transfer, most notably Damion Lee who decided to play his final season of eligibility at Louisville under Rick Pitino. Last season’s departure of Rashann London and Terrell Allen opened the door for Kurk Lee and Kari Jonsson, two of this year’s biggest contributors on the court.
The Dragons will have a very big graduating class next season. A total of five players will finish their time with the Drexel Men’s Basketball program, so Coach Spiker and his staff will be very busy on the recruiting front. Interestingly, at the start of the 2018-2019 season, every player on the team with the exception of Jeremy Peck and Sam Green will have been recruited by the current coaching staff.
The Dragons hit the road for North Carolina this week. They take on Elon on Thursday afternoon, and UNC Wilmington on Saturday. Always a Dragon will be live at both games, covering them from the sideline.