Battle Ground’s Kaden Perry, a 6-foot-9 forward from the class of 2021, has been offered by the University of Washington, his high school coach confirmed Thursday.
The news was first reported by Prep Hoops Washington.
A Washington assistant coach called Battle Ground coach Many Melo to inform him the Huskies were offering Perry on Thursday. According to Melo, UW’s interest in Perry began last Fall.
“They’ve been on the radar this whole season,” Melo said. “They watched him this past weekend in Atlanta.”
Perry was in Atlanta last weekend with the Rose City Rebels, an AAU team on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit.
Perry is the second Washington high school basketball player offered by the Huskies in the last week along with Olympia’s 6-10 sophomore Jackson Grant received an offer after dazzling UW coach Mike Hopkins at an AAU tournament.
UW marks Perry’s first offer from a power-five school. He also has offers from Montana and Portland, but interest is heating up, Melo said. Oregon State and Santa Clara were at Battle Ground watching Perry during a workout Wednesday night.
As a sophomore, he led Battle Ground to its first 4A state tournament berth since the 2001-02 season. In the Tigers’ season-ending loss in the first round to Kentridge, Perry logged 20 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks.