Bobby Perry (born January 7, 1985,) is an American basketball player who played both forward positions for the University of Kentucky from 2003 to 2007.
Early life and family
Bobby Perry was born Robert Thomas Perry on January 7, 1985, in Durham, North Carolina. He is the cousin of basketball player and coach Dwight Perry who also played for Kentucky.
Perry was part of Kentucky's 2003 recruiting class, recruited by Coach Tubby Smith. He is a former Mr. Basketball North Carolina, coming out of Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. Perry saw only limited playing time in his first two seasons, but toward the end of his sophomore year, he became one of the first players off the bench, playing at either forward position and replacing Kelenna Azubuike or Chuck Hayes. After the departure of both of those players, Perry assumed the starting power forward role.
Perry was involved in Kentucky's 2006 NCAA Tournament. In the first round, he led eighth-seeded Kentucky to a victory over ninth-seeded UAB with a game- and career-high 25 points. The game was significant in that it was the first time the two teams had played since UAB managed a one-point upset over heavily favored Kentucky in the second round of the 2004 Tournament (Perry was an unused substitute in that game). Perry then played an important role in a losing effort against top-seeded UConn. Perry finished the tournament with 14 rebounds and 45 points on 61.9% shooting and a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line.
As the only remaining starter from his recruiting class, Perry was a key player in the 2006-2007 season. He finished his college career with a team-high 21 points in Kentucky's loss to Kansas in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Perry is now a Mortgage Banker with Envoy Mortgage in Lexington, Kentucky. Perry became coach of the West Jessamine Middle School basketball team located in Nicholasville, Kentucky in early 2009. He played guard for the Bluegrass Stallions, formerly of the American Basketball Association, earning second-team All-ABA honors for the 2009-2010 season.
Perry is married to Jennifer (formerly known as) Grimes.