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Layer Inks Perez to National Letter of Intent

April 28, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dale Layer announces he signed Chris Perez to a NLI.

Dale Layer announces he signed Chris Perez to a NLI.

Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer announced that Chris Perez has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the 2009-10 academic year.

Perez, a guard who was born in New York City and hails from the Dominican Republic, helped lead Oldsmar Christian, located in Oldsmar, Fla., to a 24-8 record this season with eight contests against nationally ranked high school programs. Perez helped the Eagles to a victory over nationally ranked Top 20 Montverde Academy, 61-56, on Dec. 4. The triumph served as the first by a team from Pinellas County over a national Top 20 team in 18 years.

"Chris is an explosive scorer," commented Layer. "He can play any of the perimeter positions and has the ability to make open shots and score off the bounce. Chris had a terrific career at Oldsmar Christian and has the potential to play immediately at any of the guard positions."

During his senior campaign, Perez led the team at 24.0 points per game, while pulling down 6.0 rebounds and dishing out 5.0 assists per contest. Perez helped the Eagles to various high team rankings during the season, including No. 1 for all classes in Tampa by the St. Petersburg Times, No. 1 in Florida for independents by Florida Hoops and a Top 20 ranking for all classes by Florida Hoops.

Perez, who lived with a host family in Safety Harbor, Fla., during his high school years, has been a scoring machine for Oldsmar Christian his entire career, leading the county in scoring for three straight seasons, including averaging 29.0 points per game during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a sophomore, Perez led all scorers on his team, including three upperclassmen who went on to earn Division I scholarships. Current Liberty Flame David Minaya (Riverview, Fla.), a Division I transfer from Tennessee Tech, was a senior on that squad.

"Chris is a 6-4, 210-pound guard with a phenomenal work ethic and is a big-time gym rat," commented Oldsmar Christian Head Men's Basketball Coach Ryan Pannone. "He brings a new dimension to scoring, because he can tally points in a variety of ways. Chris is not just a three-point and layup guy, but he has a very skilled mid-range game. He is a competitor, as tough a player as you can find and is a guy who hates to lose like Liberty's Kyle Ohman does."

Perez selected Liberty over offers from Creighton, Delaware, Fordham, James Madison, Northeastern, Ole Miss, Tennessee Tech, Stetson and Utah State.