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Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Posted on: September 21, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 3:51 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Perry Ellis is one of the most decorated players to come out of Kansas in years, winning three Gatorade Player of the Year awards and three state championships, as well as leading his Wichita Heights (Kan.) team to 44 consecutive victories.

On Wednesday, Ellis announced that he would continue his legacy in the Sunflower State by staying in-state and attending Kansas.

"I've been there so many times, I just felt so comfortable there," Ellis said during a press conference at his school. 

Ellis chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky, Kansas State and Wichita State.

"All these schools were real close to me," he said. "They've been there three or four years now. It was a tough decision."

Ellis is a 6-foot-8 prospect who is one of the best offensive forwards in the country. He can score around the rim or from the perimeter, and he has improved his ability to beat defenders off the dribble or run the floor and get baskets in transition. He is ranked No. 27 by

He is happy to get the recruiting process over with.

"It's been on my mind for awhile now," he said. "I wanted to do it today because I was ready." 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:22 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Good Luck Perry! Wish you were coming to Lexington but I would choose to play for my state school as well. Good Luck and UK will kick your tail.

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 4:54 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Obviously, you have never been to Lawrence.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:41 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Too bad this homer couldn't look beyond mommy's skirt and join a true powerhouse program that mints new NBA millionaires every year......he can start preparing answers to the question his kids and grandkids will be asking him in 20 years or so....." Did you REALLY get a chance to play at Kentucky and turned it down to play in the dustbowl!!!  What were you thinking !!" 


Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:50 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Did Wichita State ever really have a chance in this recruiting battle anyway?

I would love to see Kansas revive the series with Wichita State someday, especially now that Perry Ellis is on his way to KU. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:10 am

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

It was refreshing today at Perry's press conference to note the class and maturity displayed, Perry eschewed any hats present. He made a very short statement on time, thanking all the schools for their efforts and choosing. A 4.0 student, Ellis might also be a 4.0 in maturity. No circus for him.

For Kansas this is a very big signing. None of us know how Perry will play but we can see by the full court press KU has put on him that they believe in him. Perry cited today a memory of his very first freshman high school game in Wichita Heights. Coach Bill Self was there. Reportedly this summer on the AAU circuit coach Danny Manning attended every one of his games.

The next question for Kansas is: does Perry's signing help them land big 7-0 Kaleb Tazewski? He is reportedly down to KU and Arizona and some KU fans have believed he wanted to wait for another blue chip to sign there. If so, he is in a great spot with two good teams, one noted for point guards and the other noted for developing big men. In either case he will get attention from the national press. But with Manning and Self he will also get prepared for the next step. I like Miller and all he is doing for Arizona. He still has a case to make to achieve consistent success.

Did you ever wonder what really goes through a recruit's decision process? I know many have interviewed but can they really describe the thrill of having so much attention and then the fear of making a wrong decision? With the press comes the haters as well. But big-time athletics are for big time athletes who thrive on the pressure. Perry Ellis strikes me as such a player - a once in a decade real deal from Kansas to Kansas!

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:56 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Congratulations KU fans! Ellis is a great player and a great young impression of him from a few interviews. As a UK fan I was very disappointed that he didn't choose to be a cat, but I respect his decision and wish him the best. He's got a bright future ahead of him...even if the basketball thing doesn't work out.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:05 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

These kinds of recruits are the best. He's a Kansas kid like Darnell Valentine and Wayne Simeon were. 6'8", 220 - he's going to be a force from the start. Not to mention he's a 4.0 student. Hopefully Perry is just the start of a heck of a 2012 class.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Perry Ellis stays in-state, pops for Kansas

Greats news today, amid lots of uncertainty in the Big 12, for the University of Kansas! Welcome to Jayhawk Nation, Perry!

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