While the physical stature of one of Prairie Heights’ players gets first notice, senior Mike Perkins has carved out a pretty solid high school basketball career and will return again in 2019-2020 after leading the Panthers in scoring each of the last two seasons.
Perkins’ game thrives by breaking down defenses on the perimeter and he is solid at reading what other teams are throwing at he and his Panther teammates. He cuts to the basket smoothly and his movement without the ball certainly set him up for success both inside and outside. If you want to know just how good he is, look back no farther than a mild upset win over LaVille in the Sectional semi final when Perkins put up 41 points while shooting 91 percent from the field and reeking enough havoc to get to the free throw line 24 times, connecting on 19 of those shots. In fact, Perkins averaged 85 percent from he line on the year, causing chaos and contact on his dribble drive.
He led the Panthers with 16.3 points per game a year ago, guiding them to a 20 win season and within sniffing range of a NECC tournament and regular season title. Having a scorer of his caliber and smoothness back keeps Prairie Heights heavily in the conference conversation, which is great when the NECC is as loaded as it has been in some time. He also co-lead the team in assists at 2.2 per game and averaged 1.2 steals as his defensive effort really rose to the occasion often.