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'Confidence alone has made me a better player:' Battle Ground F/C Kaden Perry describes the biggest leap of his career


BATTLE GROUND — Kaden Perry has found his mojo.

Six games into the 2019-20 season, Battle Ground's 6-foot-9 junior has cemented himself among the state's top players after an eventful summer that included committing to Gonzaga, and his first time playing among the country's top recruits on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League AAU circuit (with Portland's Rose City Rebels).

“My confidence just got better,” Perry said, “and confidence alone has made me a better player.”

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That explains his hot start to the season for the Tigers (5-2), who won their first five games before losing the last two, most recently a 59-51 loss to area 3A opponent Evergreen, 59-51. Perry had 28 points, 17 boards and seven blocks against the Plainsmen.

Perry, who led Battle Ground to its first 4A state tournament appearance since 2002 last season, is averaging 22.7 points per game this season and has scored more than 25 points three times.

Here is the full interview: