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Marshfield’s Perette a finalist for GNAC’s Man of the Year award

The Patriot Ledger logo The Patriot Ledger 7/23/2020 David Wolcott
a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Bobby Perette , who starred at Marshfield High and then recovered from a painful start to finish with a strong basketball career at Anna Maria College, is a finalist for the inaugural Great Northeast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award. Wicked Local Photo by Mark Gardner © Provided by The Patriot Ledger Bobby Perette , who starred at Marshfield High and then recovered from a painful start to finish with a strong basketball career at Anna Maria College, is a finalist for the inaugural Great Northeast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award. Wicked Local Photo by Mark Gardner

MARSHFIELD – During the opening drill of his first practice with the Anna Maria College men's basketball team Bobby Perette took one dribble and tried to make a cut but felt the dreaded pop in his right knee. He had torn the ACL, and the former Marshfield High hoop standout was on the shelf before he had a chance to break a sweat.

Fortunately, things at the college level are ending better than they started for Perette. The recent Anna Maria graduate successfully recovered from his injury and went on to have a great Division 3 basketball career with AMCATS. The cherry on top of that is Perette is now a finalist for the inaugural Great Northeast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award.

The award is given to the GNAC male athlete who has shown excellence in athletic achievement, community service as well as leadership over his college career.

The winner of the award will be announced on Monday, July 27.

"It's an honor to be nominated," Perette said. "My college experience had a rough start with the knee injury, but I was able to battle back to get back on the court and get some things done during my junior and senior seasons.

"My first couple of years at Anna Maria started slow, but the last three years really flew by. One thing the injury taught me was to take nothing for granted and to always enjoy things when you have them because you never know when they'll be taken away."

The Marshfield product checks all the boxes as a proper contestant for the GNAC award. Perette did the arduous rehab needed to come back from his knee injury and returned to the basketball court better than ever. He is the 25th player in Anna Maria College history to score more than 1,000 career points (1,157 in all) and sank the most three-pointers (226) in school history.

"Even after my injury, my goals were still to score 1,000 points and become the school's top three-point shooter," said Perette, a GNAC All-Conference selection after his senior year. "I had it in my mind that nothing was going to stop me from getting to where I wanted to be."

After a slow start, Perette kicked things into gear his junior and senior years. The shooting guard averaged 12.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 95 career games. He bumped those scoring numbers up to 15.1 and 18.7 ppg for his junior and senior years, respectively, while shooting 43 percent from the three-point arc. He went out with a bang, scoring a game-high of 27 points in a playoff loss to St. Joseph University.

He also did well for himself in the classroom. He finished with a 3.30 grade-point average, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and also spent time in the community reading to schoolchildren in Worcester.

"Spending time reading to the kids was really fun and rewarding," Perette said.

After his injury, it took a while for Perette to find his game. He said he finally started feeling like himself again in the second half of his sophomore year, setting up all the good things he was able to accomplish his junior and senior years.

"I knew I was going to get back on the basketball court, it was just a matter of when it was going to happen," Perette explained. "It was really tough to be away from doing what I loved for that extended time, but I kept myself motivated to keep working towards getting back into the lineup."

Perette, 23, graduated with a degree in sports management and a minor in history. He did an internship at WEEI radio under executive producer Joe Zarbano and would like to continue down that career path.

"The internship was a great experience," Perette said. "I really enjoyed talking with people about sports and hopefully, I'll be able to do something like that again in the future."

The other nominees for the GNAC Man of the Year award are Harry Siercke (Men's Tennis, Eastern Nazarene College); Joe Maracic (Baseball, Johnson & Wales University); Joe Sullivan (Baseball, Lasell University); Brandon Milburn (Men's Lacrosse, Norwich University); Brian Wagner (Men's Lacrosse, Regis College); and Noah Robinson (Men's Soccer, St. Joseph's College of Maine).

Email the reporter at dwolcott@wickedlocal.com and you can follow him on Twitter, @DavidWolcott1.

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