Even if he did, announcing he’s transferring almost two weeks before the coach is fired is still going to hurt that argument. Sitting one to play one is probably not ideal for him after playing 3 straight years.Like the team didn't know Manning was on the way out?
Marcus Liberty’s nephew, went to Whitney Young. No idea if there’s interest on either side. Good scoring and rebounding guard. not a good three point shooter.
Is Feliz' original country in the Caribbean?
All it takes is a quick glance through Jose Perez's bio on the Gardner-Webb basketball roster to see where Illinois' interest in the transfer guard originated. Perez played for both the U17 and U18 Dominican Republic junior national teams, went to high school in the Bronx and then averaged 15.1 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists in two years with the Runnin' Bulldogs. He checks an awful lot of recruiting pipeline boxes.
Perez hit the transfer portal on Saturday. Per 247Sports' Evan Daniels, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard has since heard from DePaul, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Marquette, Rhode Island, Dayton, Iowa State, Missouri, BYU and New Mexico in addition to the Illini.
Perez is the latest in a long line of transfers Illinois has expressed interest in since offseason roster moves and transfers kicked into full gear. Other guards that have already made their decision include D.J. Carton (Ohio State to Marquette), Jamarius Burton (Wichita State to Texas Tech), Dimencio Vaughn (Rider to Ole Miss), Trey McGowens (Pittsburgh to Nebraska) and Carlik Jones (Radford to Louisville).
Gardner-Webb went 16-16 this past season after making the NCAA tournament as the Big South Conference tournament champions in 2018-19. Perez started 21 of 22 games for the Runnin' Bulldogs this past season before leaving the team in early February for what was reported as personal reasons.
Perez averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a sophomore while shooting 34 percent overall, 25 percent from three-point range and 74 percent at the free throw line. Other than his free throw shooting, his efficiency in 2019-20 dropped significantly from his freshman year when he shot 44.8 percent overall and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Last year staff showed no interest in a shooting guard who can't shoot the 3. Don't see that changing.
On the one hand, yeah he can’t shoot. On the other, if he improved and shot 33-34% he’d be a potential All-American with as good as he is at everything else.
Great rebounder, playmaker, passer, defender, and he gets to the rim and finishes.