For the second time in a week, the Lackawanna College Athletic Department and its Men's Basketball program are excited to announce the signing of a NCAA Letter of Intent to attend a Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference University. Mark Perry, a captain for the Falcons' 2015-2016 team and its lone sophomore, has committed to Clarion University, a NCAA Division II institution.
Perry had a big year for Lackawanna, pouring in 18.5 points per game and bringing down 9.9 rebounds per game; earning him a spot on the All-Region XIX DII First Team. During his freshman campaign, Perry averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, connecting on over 58% of his field goal attempts in 30 games. Perry also recorded two career milestones at Lackawanna, scoring over 1,000 points and bringing down 565 rebounds.
Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Clark said, "Today is a great day for the Lackawanna Athletic Department and for our Men's Basketball program. Mark exemplifies everything that Lackawanna College is, as both a student and an athlete. He was incredibly successful on the basketball court, earning a First-Team All-Region XIX nod and scoring over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in just 2 years. Mark also challenged himself in the classroom and did what he had to do to pave the way to his future, which we feel has a lot of promise. I'm extremely proud of the man he has become and the manner in which he has dealt with the challenges that he had to face. He is a young man with volumes of character. I have no doubt that he will have the same impact at Clarion as he did at Lackawanna. The coaching staff and I look forward to following his success the next two seasons. "
Marcess Williams, the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Clarion University, is extremely excited about Perry's commitment. "We are super excited about the signing of Mark Perry. When I first saw him on film, I could see he had all of the physical attributes to fit our system. After meeting him, though, I quickly realized that he was an even better young man. We are excited to extend him this offer and help him develop into an even better person and a tremendous role model for the Clarion campus and community, in addition to his family and friends in the Harrisburg and Scranton areas."
Perry will earn his Associates in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Counseling when he graduates on May 21, 2016.