Waller Perez

Senior Sendoff: Waller Perez

We’ve got our last sendoff, on deck. Let us see what Waller Perez has learned over his four years at UChicago.

Waller Perez, No. 10, Forward

What has been the best part about being a member of the Maroons?
The best part of being a member of the University of Chicago men’s basketball team has been the relationships that I was fortunate enough to develop over the years. In addition, I enjoyed being able to visit the extraordinary locations we traveled to.
What about of being a UChicago student?
I enjoyed the intellectual discourse that I would have with my friends because I believe it has helped me grow as an individual. In addition, I was exposed to people from different parts of the world which I found to be one of my favorite parts of being a UChicago student.
Of all the time you’ve spent playing over the last four years, what is your favorite on-court memory?
There are many. However, one of my favorite on-court memories was when Jake Fenlon poster-dunked an opponent. In addition, I enjoyed beating WashU who was ranked No.1 in the country my sophomore year.
And how about when it comes to off-the-court, with teammates?
Off-the-court, I enjoyed traveling to Australia and New Zealand. That was my absolute favorite experience with my teammates.
Is there a certain matchup you’ve always looked forward to?
I have always looked forward to playing against WashU, Emory, and Carnegie. To me, they were the most physical teams we competed against.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten, during your time as a Maroon?
I was once told by a mentor that work ethic always catches up to you. I have been a huge believer of that ever since.
What words of wisdom do you have for the teammates you’re leaving behind?
Always cherish your time as a UChicago Maroon, because time does go by faster than you think.
What will you miss most about UChicago, as a whole?
I will certainly miss being able to see my friends on the daily. I will also miss the Summer Breeze concerts that I have attended in the past years.
Looking back, is there anything you’d do differently here?
Nothing. My college experience was full of learning lessons and I would not exchange my experiences for other ones.

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Waller Perez

Finishing up our senior series, it is time to check out Waller Perez’s four years with the team…

Perez, a 6-5 forward out of Berywn, Illinois, has played in 81 games during his time as a Maroon, having started in 71 of them. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game over his four years at UChicago, with his numbers coming in at a fantastic 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per matchup, his senior year.

With that, he led the team in points for 2016-17, alongside also totaling the fourth-highest field-goal shooting percentage for a season in school history, at 58.3 percent. He also holds the number one spot for career field-goal shooting, with 55.2 percent.

The forward recorded 25 points on November 27 against DePauw University, as well as on December 18 versus Rhodes College.

Due to his impressive run this season, Perez was named Second Team All-UAA. This is after already being selected to the UChicago All-Tournament team.

Perez will finish his time as a Maroon, ranking first in school history in field-goal percentage, with a whopping 55.2 percent.

He totals 873 points, 311 rebounds and 119 assists.

Getting his degree in economics, Perez is already pursuing a job in banking and equity research.

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Congratulations to Waller Perez on a great run as a University of Chicago Maroon. His hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, and will be greatly missed by the program. Best of luck to him, as he begins his new chapter of life!

Offseason Opportunities: Waller Perez

Waller Perez, Summer Intern with Ariel Investments
Perez, now a senior, is working in Chicago this summer.
“This summer I have acquired an internship with Ariel Investments. And fortunately, I was placed in Equity Research within the internship program.”
So why Ariel Investments?
“I chose this particular internship first, because it was in Chicago. Also, I believe it is going to give me an immense opportunity to learn about how to provide a recommendation in order to buy/sell a stock. Overall, I knew some of the skills I would learn could be applicable to other areas in finance likewise. I was able to secure this internship through networks within our basketball program and I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
And what he is looking forward to most about this internship?
“I look forward to learning financial modeling, and being able to fully understand the thought process of some of the strategies used to make a decision on whether to invest in a stock or not. I also look forward to hear about people’s experiences within the firm in order to learn and grow from them.”

Q&A With Waller Perez

You have seen them play. You read their bios. You know their stats. Well, now it is time to get a little more personal. This marks the start of a new series of posts: “Q&A With…” Your Maroons have been asked a handful of questions, so here are some of their best answers.


Waller Perez, #10, Forward, 6’5, 200, Sophomore, Berwyn (Illinois).

Q: If you could only listen to one album for the next month, what would it be? 

A: Cole World: The Sideline Story by J Cole. 

Q: LeBron James or Kobe Byrant?

A: Lebron James.

Q: What is the best thing about your game, and what still needs improvement?

A: I play aggressive and can guard multiple positions. I need to improve on my handling and 3 point shot percentage.

Q: If you had to delete every social media account you have, except for one, which one would you keep?

A: I would definitely have to keep Facebook.

Q: In high school, you were most likely to what?

A: I was most likely to be in the gym late at night. 

Q: What character from a television show or movie would you want to be best friends with and why?

A: I would want to be friends with Sid from Ice Age.

Q: What do you love most about the game of basketball?

A: I love the adrenaline rush and being held accountable in tough situations.

Q: Who do you play as in NBA2K?

A: I play as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Q: What is your basketball goal for this season?

A: My basketball goal this season is to win the UAA and to win a national championship.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Hyde Park?

A: My favorite place to eat in Hyde Park is Harold’s Chicken.

Stay tuned for more!