Former Hempfield star coming home to play at Seton Hill
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After spending two seasons as a reserve guard at Youngstown State, Nate Perry will transfer at the end of the semester and enroll at Division II Seton Hill, just minutes away from Hempfield, where the 2010 graduate starred on the court.
At Youngstown State, he was stuck behind first-team all-Horizon League guard Kendrick Perry.
He made the switch because he wanted more playing time. At Seton Hill, a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, he`ll get that chance.
'I was pretty much behind a future pro player,' Perry said. 'He`s really good. I just want to be more of a contributor and Coach (Tony) Morocco is giving me the opportunity.'
Perry has signed a letter of intent and will receive a scholarship.
'We`re going to have a great team, and it`s a great league,' Perry said. 'I had good minutes at Youngstown State, but things just didn`t work out.'
Morocco said he`s excited that Perry picked Seton Hill, and area fans will be surprised how mature Perry has become.
'Nate is a terrific kid,' Morocco said. 'He`s really matured that past two seasons. It`s exciting for him and us.'
The 6-foot-2 Perry was a prolific scorer during his four seasons at Hempfield.
He finished with a school-record 1,662 points, and after a hectic recruiting process, he was a preferred walk-on at Youngstown State.
Perry originally committed to Coastal Carolina, but when coach Jamie Kachmarick — who recruited him — left to become an assistant under Appalachian State coach Buzz Peterson, Perry de-committed. He then wanted to go to Appalachian State, but it was unable to hold a scholarship for him.
So he headed to Youngstown State, where he earned a scholarship before his sophomore season.
Perry was a four-year starter and named team captain his senior season at Hempfield. He averaged 23.1 points as a senior and 25.7 points as a junior.
He earned third-team all-state honors his senior season and was named the Tribune-Review`s Player of the Year.
Perry said a number of Division II schools showed interest after they learned he was leaving Youngstown State.
He picked Seton Hill because Morocco always was there for him. welcomed me right away,' Perry said. 'He told me what he expected from me and what I had to do. It`s a good situation for me. The WVIAC is a top-five conference in the country.'
Perry will continue to major in criminal justice. He`d also love to coach at the college level, he said.
'Nate will bring a lot of diversity to the program,' Morocco said. 'He`s become more than a scorer. He handles the ball well and will hand out a lot of assists.
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