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Transfer guard Jose Perez granted immediate eligibility by NCAA

Koby McEwen (25) shoots a shot over Jose Perez (55) at practice at Fiserv Forum Nov. 7. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

Incoming Marquette men’s basketball transfer Jose Perez was granted immediate eligibility to play for the Golden Eagles in the 2020-21 season Saturday.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard chose Marquette May 7 over Memphis, Illinois, Georgia Tech and Iowa State.

Fellow incoming transfer D.J. Carton was given a waiver by the NCAA back in June, so most thought Perez would have to redshirt this season, but he has been practicing with the team and is now ready to suit up and play.

In his first two years at Gardner-Webb, the Bronx, New York native averaged 15.1 and 15.2 points per game respectively, while also posting 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in his sophomore season. He was also the runner-up for Big South Freshman of the Year in 2018-19.

Perez also scored 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting in the Round of 64 in 2019 against No. 1 Virginia in a hard fought game in which Perez’s team lost 71-56.

Despite keeping his point total virtually the same, his shooting percentages did drop from 48% on two-pointers and 38% from three to 38% on two-pointers and just 25% from three in his sophomore season. He saw a much higher volume of shots in his second year as a preseason candidate for Big South Player of the Year.

The junior transfer looks to be yet another new face for head coach Steve Wojciechowski to work into his rotation along with Carton and the three first-years Dawson Garcia, Osa Ighodaro and Justin Lewis.

This story was written by Matt Yeazel. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MJYeazel.

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    JimNov 22, 2020 at 10:02 am

    MU now appears to have 11 legit skilled players at WOJO’s service. Now the question, as the “post Markus” era begins…can he congeal this group of talented holdovers and skilled newcomers into a team able to ascend to the top tier of the Big East?
    Personally I would love to see Wojo deploy his long, athletic squad in a far more aggressive manner, especially on the defensive end. Let’s press full court and trap more in the half court to dictate tempo at certain points in the game.
    The motion offense looked fairly sharp in the recent scrimmage footage. Nice to see the ball moving and extra passes being made.
    On the heels of some solid recruiting, MU fans should expect a top 5 finish in the Big East with the team showing meaningful improvement from the start of the season in late Nov to the stretch run unlike recent years where Wojo’s teams have thrown it into reverse.
    Go Warriors!