University of Washington
One-year letterman ... Transferred from Iowa Western Community College prior to the 1999-2000 season ... Athletic swingman who made his presence felt immediately last season as the Huskies' leading rebounder ... Also recruited by Creighton and Texas Christian.
1999-2000 (Junior) --Started 18 of 30 games in his first season with the Huskies ... Led the team in rebounding (176, 5.9 per game), field goal percentage (47.9%), and blocked shots (39) ... Amassed 20 points, eight rebounds, one block, and one steal at No. 2 Stanford (Jan. 27) ... Recorded double digit rebounding games on five separate occasions with a high of 13 against UNC Wilmington (Dec. 2).
Iowa Western Community College
Two-year letterman and two-time first-team all-league selection under coach Jim Morris ... Iowa Western had a 42-19 combined record during his two seasons.
1998-99 (Sophomore)--Garnered first-team all-league honors ... An honorable mention junior college All-America selection by Blue Ribbon Yearbook ... Averaged 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and three blocked shots per game ... Erupted for 39 points and 18 rebounds against State Fair CC ... Led Iowa Western in four statistical categories, including points, rebounds, blocked shots and free throw percentage.
1997-98 (Freshman)--Earned first-team all-league acclaim ... Averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 1998, helping the team to a 22-9 record ... Shot 55 percent and registered 69 blocked shots ... Iowa Western plays in the same league as perennial national title contender Indian Hills which won the 1998 national championship.
Omaha South High School
Three-year letterman under Coach Joe Neuberger ... Averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior and was an all-league, all-city and all-state selection ... Led all Metro League rebounders his final two seasons ... Averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, leading Omaha South to a 15-6 record ... The team lost in the regional finals ... An all-league and all-city honoree as a junior ... Best prep game was a 33-point, 16-rebound, 11-block performance against Westside High School.
Coach Bender on Perkins
"Not to put the pressure of the world on his shoulders, but he has to play big every night. Everybody who watched this team play last year saw what he is capable of, but he's got to be able to do that every night for us. Consistency, like many of his teammates, becomes a big challenge. Physically he will be stronger. His body is starting to respond very well to the weight room. He's getting bigger and stronger. He's still not going to be a guy that we want to go down and bang with people. We want to make sure that he is using his quickness to beat people. His resiliency and ability to finish will be aided by the added strength that he's gained. We're going to need for him to step away from the basket a little more this year. He's one of our better shooters. The Oregon game last year displayed his whole game. He scored it around the basket, but he also stepped away from the bucket and it made him a very difficult person to guard. That's how he has to play for us this year. It usually takes a year for junior college transfers, especially in the Pac-10 because there are so many good players. After getting through the league one time and they are better the second time around. Will was a good example of that. The second year, knowing what to expect, is so much greater."
Perkins' Washington Statistics
YEAR GP/GS FG-A PCT 3PT-A PCT FT-A PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG AST TO BLK ST MIN 2000 30/18101-211.479 1-3 .333 30-56 .536176-5.9 233-7.8 29 37 39 21 677