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December 2015 Issue

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BY BRAD FRANKLIN T HUS FAR IN HIS career at the University of Virginia, Lon- don Perrantes has played in 69 games. And over the course of the 2,170 minutes that he has been on the court, he has only committed 89 turnovers com- pared to 288 assists. So as much as Tony Bennett's program can thank Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell, Justin Ander- son and Darion Atkins for back-to-back regular- season ACC championships, it's been Perrantes' steady hand at the wheel that has made the whole thing go. Now, entering his third-year season, the Los Angeles native is going to be asked to do some- thing a little bit differently: Be aggressive. "I just think it's our offense and what we do," Perrantes said of his success. "It makes everything simple for us, and we have so many different op- tions depending on what the defense does. "As long as you take your time and read the de- fense, a lot of options are going to be there in our offense. It's always about finding the right play. The question is if you make it." With Anderson now playing in the NBA, the Cavaliers have a potential deficiency when it comes to outside shooting and overall scoring from their guards. That's why the coaching staff believes Perrantes not only will have to find shots for others, but he'll also need to find spots where he can be more aggressive. "You're not going to change someone com- pletely," Bennett said, "but I think we want Lon- don to look for his shot a bit more. I think that'll help us. He doesn't have to go outside of himself and become someone he's not, but I think he has the ability to knock down shots. "My hope is he'll have a bit more assertiveness within reason looking for his offensive game." Perrantes — who averaged only 5.9 shots per game last year — doesn't have a problem with that, but at the same time he hasn't really changed his approach this offseason despite knowing he'll be asked to do more offensively. "I just think I need to have a different mentality a little bit," he said. "I feel like I have the pass- TAKING HIS SHOT The Cavaliers Want Steady Floor General London Perrantes To Be More Aggressive On Offense

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