Meet... Jock Perry
Standing at two metres tall, Melbourne Tigers youth product Jock Perry has the frame to enjoy a successful basketball career at the highest level – literally.
But the story behind his height is almost unbelievable.
Perry, who has joined College side St Mary’s, had a small brain tumour on his pituitary which remained undiscovered for around eight years.
The pressure from the tumour produced extra hormones which meant Jock experienced an extreme surge in height.
“I was at the AIS and they had been tracking my height the whole time, I was 6’11” when I went there at the age of 14 and then grew another five centimetres,” Jock said.
“The AIS doctors thought there must have been something going on so I got a simple blood test and MRI scan and they found a small tumour on my pituitary gland.”
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It’s an incredible to think that a small tumour near his brain played a major role in getting him to the US.
“It was a time the defined me, there was a ‘before’ the tumour Jock and now I’m the ‘after’ version.
“The tumour was a blessing and a curse at the same time, but more a blessing because it has presented me with a great opportunity to go overseas and play basketball.
“I wouldn’t change anything, I look back on that time and feel that it made me stronger and helped shape who I am today.”
St Mary’s College has a strong connection with Australian basketball, helping develop current NBA stars Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills, to name a few.
“Having the Aussies there was such a big factor for me, it made the transition easier. It’s going to be a little easier to adapt.
“Hopefully it feels a little bit like home, I’m a big Aussie guy at heart.”