He played last season in Slovakia before finishing the season in a higher league in Hungary where he caught the eye of teams from France, Italy, Spain and more. Now former Boyle County and Eastern Kentucky basketball player Spencer Perrin has signed a more lucrative contract to play this season in Australia.
“It’s doing nothing but getting better,” said Perrin. “It’s more money for me and my family and a great opportunity career-wise. Australia is a very nice place to live and play basketball. It’s a better league and everything about the opportunity for me is great.
He’s still not sure exactly where he’ll be playing in Australia, but does know the season won’t start until after Christmas and runs through October.
“I will be home Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so that is kind of nice,” Perrin said. “Their season just has a different schedule from a lot of other leagues, but it is still plenty of basketball.
“Each year I¿have been trying to get to a better level. All the leagues have different names, but this would be about a level two and closer to level one than anywhere I¿have been. I have a few more years until I¿can try to make one of the national teams overseass. In three years I can try and get citizenship overseas and play for a national team, which would really be fun.”
He actually thought of re-signing to play in Hungary this season.
“But then I decided my goal would be to go play in every country. That’s my new goal to see all of the world I can while I am still playing basketball,” Perrin, 24, said. “Once I¿have played in all the major countries, then I can commit to one team.”
Perrin, who did not play football in high school, got a tryout for the Australian Football League. The game is similar to rugby and he went to Los Angeles for the tryout.
“They called my agent and had seen my highlight videos (from basketball) overseas,” Perrin said. “They loved how athletic I was. I actually did really, really good at the tryout. They offered me $90,000 for one season, but it was a little too rough and I thought it might jeopardize my basketball career.”
Perrin has been working out on his own as well as playing pickup basketball games since he returned home in April.
“I have even played in Lexington with some high school players. I¿play ball all the time,”¿Perrin said. “I am still working on my shooting and I am getting a lot better overall. I want to be able to play as many positions as possible.”
He’s glad he’ll be able to have his family in Australia with him and show them as many countries as possible, too.
“My little girl gets to see it all,” he said.
Another advantage of playing in Australia is that he will know the language.
“It’s one of the most beautiful countries you could go to other than maybe somewhere in Africa,”¿Perrin said. “But it is expensive. They have told me milk is $12.50 (per gallon). But I will be there eight months just playing ball, getting better and chasing my dreams. It’s hard to complain about anything to do with that.”