Senior guard Tyreek Perkins has decided to transfer from Career to Putnam Science Academy over the weekend to further improve his basketball career, Perkins confirmed Wednesday evening.
The news of the transfer was first reported by Noah Finz from WTNH.
Perkins, 19, averaged 19.0 points per game for Career this past season, leading the Panthers to the Southern Connecticut Oronoque Division title, the SCC tournament championship and the Class L state tournament semifinals.
Perkins earned the Register’s Area MVP honors and a spot on the all-state team in addition to being selected the SCC Player of the Year for his efforts.
“It was very tough (decision). It really came down to me thinking more about my future,” Perkins said. “I thought about the accomplishments I made this year and started to wonder why I wasn’t getting any offers or (college) coaches coming to me or anything. So I started to look at prep school.”
Perkins said he visited Putnam Science Academy in July. He will move up to Putnam this weekend, but is unsure at this point if he will reclassify as a junior.
The interesting thing is Perkins hadn’t heard he was officially in the prep school by the time he left for the first day of classes at Career on Monday. But he got word later in the day he had been accepted there.
Perkins told Career basketball coach Larry Kelley, who didn’t return a phone message seeking comment, on Tuesday.
“I’m very excited. This will prepare me for college. It will be similar to college life,” said Perkins, who said he will attend Career through Friday.
This comes as a huge blow to the Panthers, who already graduated Justin Campbell and Tyrell Eaddy from last season’s 24-4 club.