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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LLP's transfer could help Oakland snag another recruit

The transfer of Laval Lucas-Perry from the University of Michigan to Oakland University could result in the Golden Grizzlies landing another object of attention: his younger brother, Patrick Lucas-Perry.
The younger LP, a senior-to-be at Flint Powers, had a strong summer and is reportedly being courted by Oakland, among other potential suitors. Laval Lucas-Perry, who will have one year of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2010-11 season, relishes the idea of playing with his younger sibling at the collegiate level.
“I’d be all for it if I could play with my little brother at Oakland, (but) I want him to choose the university that’s best for him," Laval Lucas-Perry said.
Patrick Lucas-Perry reportedly also has offers from Michigan and South Florida.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe likes the athleticism LLP brings to the lineup, where the coach is stockpiling excellent athletes.
"We like him. He can defend. I like my guards to be able to defend. He defends very well and he’s another athlete," Kampe said. "You put him out their with Reggie (Hamilton), Ledrick (Eackles) and Ryan Bass and we’ve got athletes. We’re really trying to recruit athletes at that position and Laval is an athlete. We’re excited about that."
Laval Lucas-Perry spent time getting to know the Oakland community last week at a fundraiser at JDs Key Club in Pontiac, where the team sang and Kampe even touched the mic.
“It was really fun," Laval Lucas-Perry said. "It was a little different than at Michigan … it was good to get to know the team and the community. And coach Kampe did a good job singing."
LLP played in the Great Lakes Athletic Club pro-am league this summer against Oakland players including Blake Cushingberry and Drew Maynard. This wasn't his first exposure to his OU teammates, Laval Lucas-Perry played AAU basketball with the pair, as well as Larry Wright.
The two-time transfer is not looking at his season on the sidelines as a death sentence.
“I’ve done it before and there’s a lot I can bring to this team. I’ll be able to familiarize myself with the offense and get to know the players and coaching staff better," Laval Lucas-Perry said.
His presence around the team should make him a welcome addition.

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