Editor’s note: This is a longer version of the original breaking news brief, including a photo of Tylor Perry.
Following the departure of senior guard Markquis Nowell, Kansas State needed a point guard to run their offense in 2023-24. Enter Tylor Perry.
The 5-foot-11 senior leaves North Texas as the 2023 Conference USA Player of the Year and the 2023 NIT Most Outstanding Player. In 2023, Perry averaged 17.3 points per game with 2.1 assists per game while shooting 41.3% on 3-pointers and 43.7% on all field goals.
The Athletic rated Perry as the second best player available in the transfer portal. As one of the most coveted players in the transfer portal, Perry chose K-State over Florida, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.
Before spending his last two seasons at North Texas, Perry played junior college at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
By coming to Manhattan, Perry is reunited with K-State assistant head coach Jareem Dowling, who played a large role in Perry’s recruitment. Dowling coached at North Texas from 2017-2022 before being announced as the first member of head coach Jerome Tang’s inaugural coaching staff.
“Jerome Tang and Jareem Dowling … that whole coaching staff, as soon as I got around them I instantly knew this was it,” Perry said according to KSNT.
K-State has three scholarship openings remaining for 2023-24. One position of interest for the Wildcats would likely include a small forward replacement for Keyontae Johnson, who declared for the NBA Draft. Tang has also mentioned looking to add a second guard.
“We’re going to hit the transfer portal hard,” Tang said in an interview with The Field of 68. “I want to find two guards who have played 90 games of college basketball, that are passionate about getting better and want to win.”
Perry joins incoming freshman four stars Dai Dai Ames, RJ Jones and Macaleab Rich as newcomers in 2023-2024. Tang and his staff will look to continue to build a roster of “dudes” built for another deep tournament run.