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No NCAA Tourney Regrets for Perkins

Kendrick Perkins [1] and Kevin Garnett [2] are the only members of the Boston Celtics [3] to go straight from high school to the NBA. Of their teammates who chose the NCAA [4], nearly all of them experienced March Madness [5].

Even though Perkins made an early jump to the pros, the 2003 Clifton J. Ozen High School graduate still gets caught up in the excitement of the NCAA [6] Tournament.

‘€œIt’s fun because I’ve been watching a lot of games,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s been very interesting just watching all the buzzer beaters, teams getting upset.’€

So while Paul Pierce [7] watched Kansas try to defend its NCAA title and Ray Allen [8] basked in the glory of UConn’s Final Fourth berth, does Perkins ever wish he was part of that?

‘€œNo,’€ he said without hesitation. ‘€œI don’t think anything substitutes for being in the NBA. It’s like, I’ve never known what it’s like to be in college so I never have any regrets or anything like that.’€

It’s easier for Perkins to have no regrets when he can place his world championship ring next to his high school diploma.