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Around The Nation: Claremont's Perrin Johnson
Signs With D-I Rider--(Nov. 22, 2002)

We got a little tied up yesterday with other tasks (including posting of the CIF-SS division alignments and in real work), so we weren't able to post some of the announcments and news we intended to post yesterday.  One item was an e-mail we received from Sal Magallanes, the head coach at Claremont announcing the signing of a National Letter of Intent by Claremont's Perrin Johnson with Rider University.  Rider hasn't issued a press release yet (which means they may not have actually received the NLI yet) but we didn't want to let the signing go without passing this along:

On Monday November 18,  2003, Perrin Johnson (6'-6" Sr. SF) signed a National Letter of Intent, committing to attend Rider University, located in New Jersey, which is part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).  Perrin took an official visit last weekend and was offered a scholarship by Rider Head Coach Don Harnum. Perrin's family joined him on the trip and it was a natural fit, since Perrin has an aunt who lives 30 minutes away in NYC.   Coach Harnum first saw Perrin playing with IEBP last spring in Las Vegas and followed him throughout the summer. The Rider Univerisity Broncos won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last year and as a result got an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, led by Mario Porter, a 2002 graduate of Rider who is now playing in the pros overseas. Coach Harnum also was named Coach of the Year in the MAAC last year season, and it's a program on the rise. 

Perrin is a high flying, slashing small forward who is great in the open court and can finish at the rim with some of the most thunderous dunks I have ever seen in a high school player.  This last season for Claremont, Perrin averaged 10 ppg, 8 reb. per game and was named to the Second Team All-Baseline League.  He has worked hard in the off-season in the classroom, in the weight room and on the court with his perimeter game, his ball handling and his defense, As a result Perrin had a blow out spring and summer. During the summer Perrin earned a spot in the top 24 game at the Full-Court Press Camp and played well with the Los Angeles Rockfish.  Perrin could very well be the first D-1 signee at Claremont since Conner Henry in the 80's (Santa Barbara and the Boston Celtics), who is now an assistant coach at Claremont-McKenna. We are expecting a big season from Perrin this year at Claremont and great things from him at the college level.

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