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Jan. 16, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Freshman point guard London Perrantes(Los Angeles) is fulfilling his dream of playing Division I basketball in the ACC for Virginia.

He is averaging 4.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and a team-leading 3.4 assists per game. Perrantes has started 13 of 17 games and tallied a career-high 14 points against FSU earlier this season.

Perrantes recently sat down with to talk about his first season at Virginia.

Q: What has been the biggest adjustment you have had to make this season going from high school to college?
London Perrantes: “The speed of play and the size of the players are big differences. Players at this level are quicker and stronger and everyone can play at a high level. The more I have been able to play and practice, the more comfortable I have gotten playing at the college level. Also, I had to learn to play the pack-line defense here.”

Q: You are one of a few first-years on a team with a lot of veterans. What have the upperclassmen tried to teach you?
LP: “They are all trying to give us the tricks of the trade. They have all been through it before and know what it takes to be successful. I have been trying to take in all of the advice they are giving me. The older guys, along with the coaches, are trying to make sure I am in a position to be successful and help the team.”

Q: You grew up in southern California. It is always an adjustment for freshmen to be away from home for the first time, but how has it been for you going to school across the country?
LP: “It hasn’t been too difficult. It has always been a dream of mine to play college basketball on the east coast. It has been a dream come true to come here and have a chance to play in the ACC. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be to be this far away. I still see my parents every once in a while and talk to them regularly.”

Q: As a point guard, what have you been able to learn from having a head coach who played your position in the NBA?
LP: “It was one of the reasons I chose to come here. Coach Bennett was able to play at the highest level and knows what it takes to reach that level. He will be able to give me the knowledge and direction so that I can become the best player I can be, because I have a desire to play after college.”

Q: The team had a tough end to the non-conference season. How do you learn from that and be ready for the start of the ACC schedule?
LP: “We need to go back to how we played at the beginning of the season. We need to get back to the basics and the fundamentals that make us successful. Hopefully, it was just a little rough patch and we got it out of the way. We have been watching film and trying to figure out our mistakes, so we can learn from it and get better.”

Getting to know London:

Favorite NBA Player?
Kobe Bryant. I am a Lakers fan, so I have to go with Kobe.

Favorite activity in your free time?
Sleep. I spend so much time either playing basketball or studying, that when I do get some free time, I really just like to sleep.

What artist do you have the most songs of?
Right now, probably Drake.

Favorite Movie?
It is a tie between Friday and Love and Basketball.

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