Perkins finds some hoop magic with Mystics

After years of making some magic in the Mott Armory, Cody Perkins plans to make some more magic in another armory.

The Mott-Regent senior has signed a national letter of intent to attend Bismarck State College in the fall, turning one of his dreams into a reality.

By Brad Mosher

The Herald

The 6 foot 3 forward looks to be a small forward or out on the wing when the Mystics take to the court this fall as they hope to rebound from a 9-20 record.

It was the Mystics’ coach which really impressed Perkins, along with his recent campus visit.

That and a little push from his mother.

Apparently, Mystics coach Buster Gilliss was able to get some help in signing the lanky small forward who became an all-state selection this year and the Region 7 senior athlete of the year in basketball after guiding the Wildfire to a 13-9 record.

Gilliss, a former National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame Coach, is in his second stint on the Mystic bench. He was first there from 1991 to 2008. He resumed the reins again in 2016.

According to Perkins, his mother really liked the coach and the college and the fact that it was within a close driving distance from home in Mott, that was something all of the family liked.


A self-admitted gym “rat” who spent countless hours over the years in the Mott Armory developing his skills with help from his father, that is exactly where he plans to be again during the summer before making his move to Bismarck.

“I will be getting some workouts from Coach Gilliss,” Perkins said Saturday, taking a brief break from participating in the 37th annual Southwest Jamboree in the armory.

Later in the summer Perkins said he would be making his move to Bismarck and becoming a fixture at the BSC Armory.

The Mystics did not have a senior on the roster for the 2018-2019 season. That didn’t hinder the coach’s  drive to bring more young talent to the young team. He has also signed Michael Two Hearts of Dunseith and Trapper Jacobs of Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky – both highly regarded guards.

Two Hearts, a 6’1” guard, averaged 15 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading the Dragons to a 17-6 record and a fourth place finish in the Region 4 tournament. He was named to the Class B All-State Team. He also was the Region 4 Senior Athlete of the Year.

Jacobs, a 6’2” guard, averaged 24.2 points, 5 rebounds and four assists for the Trojans. Jacobs was named the Region 5 Boys’ Basketball Senior Athlete of the Year and was also named to the 2018 Class B All-State team.

Perkins finished his season in Mott averaging 21.9 points and more than eight rebounds per game, and gave the Mystics coach three signees who were selected as regional athletes of the year in North Dakota’s Class B.

Perkins said that he plans to work towards being an electrical lineman after college, but before that, he said he was really going to work hard through the summer to be ready for college-level basketball against taller players.

He admitted that even with his height, he probably would be playing more of an outside or shooting guard role when the next basketball season starts.

Still, it is a dream come true for the Mott player who broke 1,000 career points during the season.

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