Laval Lucas-Perry Interview!

July 16, 2009

LL Cool P

LL Cool P

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Laval Lucas-Perry had every reason to quit!

After battling with the NCAA to keep his full elgibility upon leaving his freshman season at the University of Arizona after one semester, he kept a positive attitude. “LL Cool P,” as he was dubbed by my man Ryan Slocum at ABC 12, contributed right away for the Michigan Wolverines.

Playing in 26 games (…starting in 12) , the Flint Powers grad averaged 6.5 points per game and comes into this season with even higher expectations after a solid run in the NCAA Tournament last year. As he transitions to the point guard position, Lucas-Perry seems more than ready to shine.

I recently caught up with the Academic All-Big Ten honoree to briefly talk hoops while he was in Saginaw supporting Clifton Ryan’s “Heroes For Kids” golf outing.

How did you feel about the season you guys had last year? You guys went really far when no one really expected you to…

It felt pretty good. We made it to the NCAA Tournament, we made a lot of improvements and strides from last year when we went 10-22 to 21-13 and we just look for bigger and better things next season.

What are the things that you have been working on this summer to come back as a better player for the team next year?

I lost some weight, I’m getting quicker, trying to get stronger and just really trying to fill that point guard position next year that coach needs me to do.

With the many guards on the team, what will you do to try to seperate yourself from the pack?

I gotta do the little things. I gotta be a better defensive player, I gotta again shoot the ball better and just work on my ball handling and vocal skills as a point guard and to be a leader. So that’s what I plan on doing this year and that’s pretty much it.

I hear that you’re going to the LeBron James Skills Academy this week, what are you most excited about learning while you’re there?

It’s always a pleasure getting invited down there and I just look to make some noise down there. I’m gonna play my game, play with LeBron and just learn some things to about how it is to play with NBA players.


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