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Former West Virginia Guard Jose Perez Announces Transfer to Arizona State

The Arizona State Sun Devils have added another transfer. On a team full of transfers from all over the country, they added Jose Perez, a guard last at West Virginia but sat out last year. The Sun Devils will be Perez’s fifth team since he entered college in 2018.

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Perez started his career at Gardner-Webb, where he played his first two seasons. In those two seasons, he started 47 of 57 possible games and averaged 15 points, 3.5 assists, and six rebounds.  He was runner-up for freshman of the year and was named to the all-freshman team while also being named first-team all-conference.  Perez also scored 19 against NCAA Champion Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Perez then transferred to Marquette. He played in only ten games, with a season-high 23 minutes against Villanova. However, he never scored more than 10 points.

Perez transferred to Manhattan, starting 29 of 30 games for the Manhattan Jaspers. He averaged 19 points, three rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Perez was named First-Team All-MAAC. He added a career-high in points with 38 against Niagra and 14 games over 20 points.

After dominating in one year at Manhattan, Perez transferred up to the Big 12 to play for West Virginia and Bob Huggins. However, he had to sit out a year due to transfer rules. By the time Perez became eligible to play again, Bob Huggins was out as head coach of West Virginia. Perez transferred before ever playing a game there.

He now joins Bobby Hurley and Arizona State and can play this year. The fact that ASU made this signing this late in the offseason brings bad news for Adam Miller, who hoped to receive a waiver to play this year. Adding Perez almost certainly means Miller could not get that waiver.

Perez will bring incredible experience to a very young ASU team and has also played in an NCAA tournament game. Perez is an incredible scorer and can rebound, too. It will be interesting to see if Perez makes the starting lineup against Mississippi State or if he will just be a role player until he fully learns the system.

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