Recently graduated San Bernardino High multi-sport standout Khleem Perkins has committed to Cal State San Bernardino to play basketball. He is awaiting on clearance from the NCAA for one class he took, but SBHS coach Darin Graham believes that is a mere formality.
Perkins was an all-Sun player last season for the Cardinals, who were San Andreas League champions. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.0 steals. He was selected to play in the Ballislife All-American Game and in the San Bernardino County vs. Riverside County game.
“Cal State was on my mind the whole time,” Perkins said. “They have a great program. I’ve been watching them since I was little.”
Perkins got a lot of family to come to games in high school, and now they’ll get the chance to see him play in college, although that wasn’t a huge motivating factor.
“They all just wanted me to go to school and get an education. They didn’t care about the basketball, as long as there was school,” he said.
Perkins believes he will respond well to Cal State San Bernardino coach Jeff Oliver’s high-energy, tough-love approach.
“I got that before (from San Bernardino coach Darin Graham). More than four years. When I would go over there in seventh grade, he would get on me like I was in high school,” Perkins said. “I’m used to it.”
Perkins played the 1, 2 or 3 in high school, but expects to be a guard in college. But he also wants to learn as a freshman.
“I want to get used to the program. I don’t want to rush out there. I’m just working getting used to everybody,” he said.