After a dominating schoolboy career which saw him score 2,481 points at Catholic Memorial high school - setting the Massachusetts state scoring record -- Ron Perry was a consenus First Team High School All-American. He had also been an oustanding baseball player in high school, and won the national Punt, Pass and Kick championship at the age of eight. And lastly, he was the son of then-HC athletic director Ron Perry, who had himself been a star on the last two Holy Cross National Championship teams (baseball in 1952, and basketball (NIT) in 1954).
So to say expectations were high when Ron Perry came to Holy Cross would be a gross understatement.
Somehow he managed to not only meet, but exceed those expectations. He graduated not only as the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,524 career points) but also as, without question, one of the finest student-athletes Holy Cross has ever produced.
He certainly started strong, pouring in 23 points per game in his first year en route to being named National Freshman of the Year by NBC and Basketball Weekly, as well as earning Second Team All-America honors. He would also be selected Second Team All-America as a sophomore and junior, when he scored 21.7 and 25.0 points per game, respectively. As a senior captain in 1980, Perry earned First Team All-America honors while leading the Crusaders to the NCAA tournament, the third postseason appearance in his four seasons. Among the marks he left in the HC record book aside from career scoring, Perry graduated as the school’s all-time leader in field goals made (922) and free throw percentage (.885). His career scoring total ranked 31st all-time in NCAA history when he graduated.
His prowess was not just limited to the hardwood however, as he also excelled on the diamond. As the Crusaders’ shortstop, he graduated with his name atop the record book in several categories, including career hits (174).
At the conclusion of his senior year, he was drafted in the third round of both the NBA Draft (Celtics) and MLB Draft (White Sox).
Perry received his share of recognition for his work in the classroom as well, as he was a three-time Academic All-American, and won an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1980. He was chosen as the 1980 Crusader of the Year, and inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1996.
Freshman Year (1976-77): Was 19th in the country in scoring at 23.0 points, tops among all freshmen in the nation... Scored 33 points against both New Hampshire and Army... Was selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year and became the first freshman to ever earn First Team All-ECAC honors... Helped lead the team to it’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 21 years.
Sophomore Year (1977-78): Again was among the nation’s top scorers, but also was fifth in the country in free throw percentage (.900)... Earned All-ECAC honors again, as well as All-New England accolades... Topped 30 points three times, doing it twice in a pair of victories against Boston College.
Junior Year (1978-79): Was 13th in the nation in scoring and again fifth in free throw shooting... Earned All-America honors from Converse, as well as UPI and AP...Set a Boston Garden record with 46 points against UConn, and also had a 41-point effort vs. Florida Southern.
Senior Year (1979-80): During his final year, Perry became not only the all-time leading scorer in HC history, but in the history of New England college basketball as well... cementing his place among the legends of HC basketball.