Perry, a 6-foot-8 power forward, did not wait to put pen to paper, signing with the Bulldogs on the first day possible. “It feels great,” he said. “It’s one of the days I’ve been waiting on since I’ve been little, working hard every day. It proves that dreams turn into reality.”
Reggie will now look to carry a family legacy set by his father, Al. The elder Perry played in Starkville from 1974-78, and ranks third all-time for assists in program history with 510. Reggie feels like he’s ready to fill those shoes.
“My parents did a good job raising me,” Reggie said. “I’ve been working hard all my life, so I feel like I’m built for it.” “It’s a good feeling,” Al said. “It’s an honor that he chose to follow in my footsteps and keep the legacy going. We’re excited, I’m proud of him, and I’m happy for him.” The family connection was obviously a reason for the decision, but Perry also felt like the program could help elevate his game further. “It was really the coaching staff,” Reggie said. “I knew that coach (Ben) Howland could get me to where I want to be, so that’s why I chose Mississippi State.”
Signing early means Reggie can focus on the task at hand for the quickly approaching high school basketball season. He will look to lead the Thomasville Bulldogs to a deep run into the state playoffs. “It helps me a lot,” Reggie said. “Now I can focus on getting a state ring in my last year and help my team get better.”
Wednesday’s signing was a great moment for Al and his family. He hopes that his son can experience the same kinds of lasting memories that he captured during his college days. “In Starkville, at Mississippi State, the fans are awesome,” he said. “They’re outstanding. The thing that impresses me the most are the fans and the alumni at Mississippi State. They’re very, very close. At the end of the day, when he completes his tenure at Mississippi State, he’s gonna have some good lifelong friends. That’s a thing he’s going to see.”