Why Perry Stevenson is not a more consistent rebounder and scorer at this point in his career is probably as big a mystery to me as Billy Gillispie’s himself at times as trying to figure things out.
Perry shows flashes of brilliance. He is long. He can really jump. At this point in his career, he should be more consistent. But I think Perry is a guy who is content to be the third or fourth option. I am not sure how hungry he is to play basketball at the next level even. If he puts his mind to it, I think that he can.
However, I think he has other things in life that interest him a little bit more than basketball at this point and he’s got to be more hungry for it if he’s going to be a great player. The talent is there. But does he really want to play basketball? Usually kids at this point in their career, especially when you have the talent and athletic ability that he has, are thinking about having a shot at the next level and are trying to work on things, get better and be more consistent. He just tends to flow along and go with the flow. There are some guys who have made careers out of that.
But I think for him to get the publicity -- and help this team -- and opportunity to play at the next level he has to show more than he has.
I really don’t think he is too soft. That’s not the problem. Obviously he will get pushed around a little bit with his size, but I do think he is wiry strong. I just think Perry is a different kind of guy. You can just tell by his comments and the way he plays and looks at things. There is more to him than basketball, and that’s a good thing in a lot of ways. But I would love to see him take advantage of his talent because I really think he could play at the next level. And Kentucky will be much better if he plays consistently.