Mississippi State's Reggie Perry Declares for 2020 NBA Draft; Was Co-SEC POY

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2020

Mississippi State's Reggie Perry pulls down a rebound during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Kentucky won 80-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Reggie Perry's career at Mississippi State is over after two years.

The 2019-20 co-SEC Player of the Year announced his decision to move on to "continue my life on the next level of basketball as a professional" in a lengthy letter thanking those who helped him along the way. He also released a video with the message "once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog."

Perry arrived at Mississippi State as a highly regarded 4-star recruit and the No. 7 power forward in the 2018 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

He earned SEC All-Freshman honors behind 9.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, but he elevated his game this past season and made national waves.

The forward averaged 17.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a night while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 32.4 from three-point range. He shared the SEC's top individual honor with Arkansas' Mason Jones.

Tyler Horka of the Mississippi Clarion Ledger noted Perry put his name into consideration for the NBA draft last offseason but elected to return to school for what turned out to be a head-turning season.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman did not include Perry in his most recent mock draft of first-round picks, and Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo ranked him as the 79th-best player available in this year's draft and provided a scouting report:

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"Perry has great physical tools and has been highly productive the past two seasons, but lacks the level of feel and on-court awareness that would make him a surefire draftable player. He did earn a combine invite last season and has some fans around the league, but his shot selection and consistency have always left something to be desired, and his struggles also persist on the defensive end in terms of positioning and impact. But he's shown potential to shoot and has the type of frame teams like to gamble on."

Perry may not be a first-round lock, but he thrived against elevated competition in the SEC last season and left his mark on the Mississippi State program.