Cedevita Olimpija has started with the composition of the team for the upcoming competition season 2020/21. The first reinforcement of the Ljubljana’s team is the outstanding Guard from the United States, Kendrick Perry. Last season, Slovenian basketball fans had the opportunity to follow Perry in the jersey of Belgrade’s Mega Bemax, and before that he wore the jersey of the Metropolitans 92 of Paris. Perry will remain in Dragon’s Nest for the next season.
In the 2019/20 season, Kendrick Perry was the ABA League’s top scorer with an average of 18.5 points per game, and he played for Mega Bemax in ten regular-season games. In these ten games, Perry once managed to exceed the limit of 30 points (in the Round 15 against Crvena zvezda mts; 31 points), and three more times he exceeded the limit of 20 points. He added 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds to his scoring average.
Perry put himself on the basketball map after spending four years at Youngstown State College, and after not being selected to the NBA roster in 2014, he was joined by the Orlando Magic for the NBA Summer League. He started the 2014/15 season as a member of the Sydney Kings and concluded in an Iowa Energy jersey in the NBA Development League. This was followed by the seasons he spent in the jerseys of Kormend, Karpoš Sokoli, Szolnoki Olaj and Nizhny Novgorod. He started 2019 in Paris, and moved to Mega Bemax on December 18th.
Date and place of birth: December 23 1992, Ocoee (Florida, USA)
Height: 183 cm
Playing position: PG/SG
Career: Sydney Kings (Australia; 2014-15), Iowa Energy (USA; 2015), Kormend (Hungary; 2015-16), Karpos Sokoli (Macedonia; 2016-17), Szolnoki Olaj (Hungary; 2017-18), Nizhny Novgorod (Russia; 2018-19), Metropolitans 92 (France; 2019), Mega Bemax (Serbia; 2019-20), Cedevita Olimpija (2020).
Sani Bečirović, sports director of Cedevita Olimpija:
“We are pleased that Kendrick Perry has joined our team. Kendrick is a player who is fully integrated into the system of play cultivated by our head coach Jurica Golemac. Perry shone in the Mega Bemax jersey last season, and he has already gained experience in many clubs in Europe. With the addition of Perry to our team, the Cedevita Olimpija team for the upcoming season is slowly starting to form, and at the same time we are all looking forward to the day when Kendrick introduces himself to Ljubljana fans on the floor.”
Jurica Golemac, head coach of Cedevita Olimpija:
“We are very happy that we managed to bring Kendrick Perry, a quality player with good character to Cedevita Olimpija, who wants to progress day by day and has the same goal as the entire Ljubljana club. Kendrick Perry is a player who simply wants to be better every workout again, and he has that winning mentality. We have been looking for such a player for quite some time. We are confident that we have found a player who is the right solution for our team at a very sensitive position. We can’t wait for Perry to join us in training and for us to be able to see him in the Dragons’jersey.”
Kendrick Perry, player of Cedevita Olimpija:
“I am very happy to have become part of Cedevita Olimpija, and to be able to help the club and the whole organization to the best of my ability. I am also happy with the fact that I am completely healthy and ready for the new challenges that the competitions in the ABA League and in Europe bring in the upcoming competition season.”