After not making the playoffs this past season, the Florida Tech basketball is looking for potentially the most radical and ferocious change in program history.
Percy the Panther has been tearing through the blacktops of Florida, dominating the court with his physical style of play and lightning-quick reflexes.
Streetballer and former opponent of Percy, Bobby Smitty, said he’s never seen anything quite like him.
“That cat is the quickest thing I have ever seen,” Smitty said. “And he can even make jump shots, it’s incredible to watch.”
Percy has no known owner or caretaker and got his name from the book “Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief” because of his uncanny ability to strike like lightning, according to Smitty.
Florida Tech first heard about him from our resident mascot, Pete the Panther.
In an exclusive interview being published on April 31, Pete disclosed that Percy has always dreamed of playing on a hardwood court, having his own jersey and hearing the crowd cheer his name.
Pete recently used his connections with the basketball program to set up a formal meeting and workout.
“They really need to see him in person to find out if he’s a legitimate baller or not,” Pete said.
Percy will be greeted like any other recruit when he comes to display his fourlegged dexterity on May 32.
Smitty said he thinks Florida Tech would be foolish not to offer Percy a scholarship.
“He may be just a large cat, but he’s got more skills than any human player I have ever seen,” Smitty said.