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UVa's London Perrantes is Cali-Cool

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UVa freshman point guard London Perrantes has that California swag.   The Southern California native is one of the big reasons for Virginia's success this season.

UVa freshman point guard, London Perrantes says, "They call it the Cali-Cool I guess, coach Bennett said that since I've been here."

Teammates say Perrantes has a calming effect and a poise unusual for a freshman, but important for a point guard.

UVa sophomore Justin Anderson says, "He wins basketball games, he's a great teammate to have, that goes along with that Cali-swag that's just who he is, real poised and I think that's what we need in our program."

Perrantes has been one of the catalysts to Virginia's success.

He's shooting a whooping 49 percent from three-point range in ACC games but equally importantly, he's a great distributor.

Perrantes ranks eighth in the nation in assist to turnover ratio. He wasn't heavily recruited.  Perrantes wasn't recruited at all by his hometown UCLA Bruins.

Perrantes says, "I don't have a chip on my shoulder, I just go out there and play the game like its my last regardless of who recruited me or who didn't. it's the game I love and I'm going to play it to the fullest."

So how did Perrantes end up at Virginia?  Coach Tony Bennett says he got a tip from former Washington State kicker Nico Grasu, who told Bennett...

"I watched your teams play at Washington State coach and calls and says, this is the kind of player that you had success with at Washington St." Bennett says.

The rest is history.  Perrantes earned the starting point guard job at Virginia very early in the season.

Bennett adds, "He has natural feel, he has a calmness about him, and a good feel for the game and that makes a big difference."

Perrantes and 'Hoos are now enjoying one of the best seasons in Virginia history.

Its definitely a dream come true for all of us, to be able to do this as a freshman, to be able to contribute to the team it's a dream come true. Especially coming out from California, its definitely what I wanted to do, and to be able to compete with the big-name schools and to get some recognition is definitely good for us.

Virginia has a record of 16-1 in the ACC and plays its ACC regular season finale on Sunday at Maryland.

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