Ranney’s freshmen guard Elijah Perkins has had a great freshmen season for the Panthers. He is a two way, all around player. Perkins can handle the ball well under pressure and can get to the basket whether it be dunking it or just a simple layup. He has good court vision and plays lockdown defense proving his athleticism.
During the NJSIAA tournament thus far, Perkins has come in for Ranney when they needed him the most. In their recent Sectional Final victory, he had valuable minutes. In overtime, McDonald’s All American player Scottie Lewis fouled out with 3 minutes left. Perkins stepped in and made multiple stops on defense. He had a clutch layup that gave Ranney the lead and then hit a foul shot to furthermore help Ranney win its overtime thriller.
This helped the team advance on to the Non-Public Finals as they defeated a fellow nationally ranked team, Roselle Catholic this past weekend.
With Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, both future NBA lottery picks going off to college next year, Perkins’ upside is high. He will surely be starting but will have to take over a completely different Ranney team next year since their main rotation includes almost all seniors. If Elijah can keep up what he is already doing as he continues to grow, Ranney will continue to be one of the best teams in the Shore Conference and all of New Jersey.