TUCSON -- The Arizona basketball media guide says it all about senior Jesse Perry: "UA's most pleasant surprise in 2010-11."
This year, he might as well be Arizona's most-needed player. Arizona likely will need every second of every minute from Perry, a 6-foot-7 multi-tasker rebounder, defender and shooter.
He was all that Monday night in Arizona's 73-64 win over Valparaiso in the season opener at McKale Center. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
"If you would have judged Jesse Perry as an Arizona player last November you probably would have said to yourself it's probably going to be a reach if he's really able to contribute," said Miller, comparing last year to this one.
Miller called him a "leader and a winner."
He then quickly added Perry finished with a rush last year, making the all-conference all-tournament team and "was a big reason why we won the Pac-10 championship."
Miller said Perry has "picked up where he left off."
And Valpo paid the price.
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