Former Thomasville High School basketball star Reggie Perry will be a member of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, after the team traded for him from the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers selected Perry with the 57th pick overall Thursday in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Perry starred at Mississippi State University for two years. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Perry averaged 17.4 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Perry was chosen as the co-Southeastern Conference player of the year after his sophomore campaign.
He led the SEC in rebounds last season, ranked sixth in scoring and ninth in blocks with 1.2 per game. He also shot 50% to rank fourth in the SEC.
“It definitely feels good to hear my name called,” Perry told hailstate.com. “I was nervous but confident at the same time all throughout the second round. Playing in the NBA has been a dream of mine since I was little. I can’t wait to get to Brooklyn and get to work. I’m on a great team, a championship contending team, with great players. I know a lot of people in the front office, and I feel they have a lot of confidence in me. Mississippi State prepared me for the NBA by helping me mature on and off the court. The coaching staff made me a better leader, held me accountable and made sure I’d stayed in tip-top shape in the gym.”
Perry played on the USA U19 FIBA World Cup team and was named most valuable player.
As a senior, he led Thomasville to the 2018 Class AA state championship and was named the top prospect in the state. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game and was named the Class AA state player of the year.
Perry also was named a McDonald’s All-American and had 15 points and seven rebounds in the annual all-star game.