"Nothing compares to Kentucky," he said. "Growing up there on Tobacco Road, I've seen great basketball. But I know now that Kentucky basketball is second to none."
And Perry said he's spreading the word wherever possible. He said his grandmother visited him for the first time at Big Blue Madness, and she was just as impressed with her first up-close exposure to Wildcat mania.
"She said it was absolutely amazing," he said. "She didn't know about it - I didn't know about it - and she said she was going to go back home and tell people they haven't seen anything until they come to Lexington, Kentucky, to see Kentucky play."
Loyalties are more divided in North Carolina
The difference might lie in the fact that loyalties are more divided in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle, where North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State each have their share of loyalists.
Perry said he'll try to fill his teammates in on what it will be like to play in the "Dean Dome." He said even though the building is similar in size to Rupp Arena, the similarities end when the fans fill the seats.
"It's a similar atmosphere, but I'm not sure they'll be as pumped up," he said. "It's nothing compared to Rupp Arena.
"It's a big stadium, but the fans aren't nearly as emotional. They'll be there in numbers, but they won't be there in spirit."
Not that Perry won't relish every minute he gets on the court there.
"It's going to be something special, playing in the Dean Smith Center," he said. "It's going to be amazing. I can't wait for that game, and I can't wait for the whole season to start."