Koinonia grad Pete Peregrin walked on to the Seton Hall Pirates Disivion I basketball team and played in his first game on Friday, Nov. 14th, scoring 2 points. He was promptly nicknamed, “The Peregrin Falcon.”
Coverage of Peregrin
“Things went so well, in fact, that when the crowd began chanting for coach Bobby Gonzalez to put in walk-on Pete Peregrin, he was able to oblige with 4:47 remaining, delighting the crowd.
The Rock erupted when Peregrin, a 6-foot junior who was cleared by the NCAA to join the team only about an hour before the game, hit two free throws 45 seconds later.”
“Pete Peregrin is a 6-foot, 165-pound junior guard from South Plainfield, N.J. For two seasons, he starred for St. Vincent’s de Paul CYO Basketball in Stirling, N.J. Averaging over 20 points per game his junior and senior seasons, Peregrin led his team to the 2006 Diocesan and CYO State Championships. Named 2006 Player of the Year, he received MVP honors following his 29-point performance in the Diocesan Championship Game.”
“Pete Peregrin was the only one of four walk-ons to be in uniform for the game. The other three were caught up in paperwork issues, according to Gonzalez, and Peregrin only was cleared to play by the NCAA “about an hour before the game.” Peregrin played the final five minutes and scored two points on two beautiful free throws (with the crowd going nuts and his teammates going nuts, it was impressive he didn’t throw up two airballs).
Oh, one more thing about Peregrin: He didn’t play high school basketball.
“Well, he came to the tryouts and the staff was so impressed with him, because he ran through brick walls and he hustled and he could shoot the ball, and he just seemed like the perfect type of kid that you’re looking for,” Gonzalez said of Peregrin.
I requested to speak to Peregrin after the game, but Gonzalez did not make him available.”