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KU hot on trail of Kansas prep Perry Ellis

Kansas basketball coaches fixtures at games of Wichita star Ellis

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis of Wichita watches the Jayhawks take on Colorado Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse. Ellis has been watched closely by several schools this summer, Kansas University primary among them.

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis of Wichita watches the Jayhawks take on Colorado Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Allen Fieldhouse. Ellis has been watched closely by several schools this summer, Kansas University primary among them.

July 19, 2010

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Wichita Heights High junior forward Perry Ellis — who is well on his way to becoming the first McDonald’s All-American from the state of Kansas since Wayne Simien in 2001 — is drawing a lot of attention on the July recruiting circuit.

Highly sought prep Perry Ellis eyes the basket in this file photo from the April 30 Jayhawk Invitational at Haskell. Ellis has been watched closely by several schools this summer, Kansas University primary among them.

Highly sought prep Perry Ellis eyes the basket in this file photo from the April 30 Jayhawk Invitational at Haskell. Ellis has been watched closely by several schools this summer, Kansas University primary among them.

Playing as an individual at the LeBron James Skills Academy and as a member of Wichita’s Pray and Play Players at last week’s Summer Jam AAU Tournament in Milwaukee, Ellis participated in nine games, with coaches from KU, Kentucky, Kansas State and North Carolina showing the most interest.

Rivals.com’s No. 26-rated player nationally has received scholarship offers from KU, UK, KSU, Memphis, Oklahoma, Wake Forest and Wichita State.

“Coach (Bill) Self was at seven of Perry’s nine games,” Ellis’ mom, Fonda, said Sunday night. “Coach (Kurtis) Townsend was at least one of those coach Self wasn’t at. They (Jayhawk coaches) made themselves present at about every game.”

Prospects such as the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Ellis notice such things.

“I think it did (make an impression),” Fonda Ellis said, “because it shows him that they (Jayhawks) really want him and are supporting him.”

The unofficial tally had KU attending at least eight of Ellis’ nine July games, K-State coaches attending seven and UNC six.

“He is still trying to get to know all the programs and all the coaches,” Fonda Ellis said. “I don’t think he is in any hurry (to commit) but still is taking note of who is contacting him and watching him play. I don’t think he’s going to rush into anything.”

Ellis averaged about 30 points a game at last week’s Summer Jam in Wisconsin. Self was at one of the games in which Ellis rattled the rim for five dunks.

Ellis is headed to the 17 and Under Showcase later this week in Orlando, Fla., followed by the Metro Sports/K.C. Prep Invitational July 28-31 in Shawnee.

The two-time Gatorade state player of the year — he averaged 22.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game for last year’s Class 6A state champs — has been invited to play in the Nike Global Challenge Aug. 6-8 in Portland, Ore.

Just 30 of the 80 invitees to the LeBron James Skills Academy received invitations to that international hoops event.

In June, Ellis also attended the invitation-only NBA Players Association Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va. and the Kevin Durant camp in Chicago.

Comments

ralphralph 4 years, 9 months ago

KU will be on probation, once the ticket scandal runs its course. Probably better head to Norman.

weegee 4 years, 9 months ago

Before you take out your anger on KU athletics, you might want to learn a thing or two about how it all works. Just a suggestion.

kujayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

If you are trying to avoid probation, Norman isn't the place to go.

John McCoy 4 years, 9 months ago

Go to Norman to avoid probation? Good grief!

chzypoof1 4 years, 9 months ago

Good try ralph (troll). This had nothing to do with recruting, so we won't be on probation...

BigAl 4 years, 9 months ago

Unless I am mistaken, 90% of the people that are involved with the ticket scandal came from Norman and OU. They perfected their craft at the University of Oklahoma and brought their skills to Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

None of the stars intend to play more than one or two years, so they really couldn't care less.

jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

Do a little fact checking there, B. The NCAA has already said there would be no sanctions.

jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

On what? 5 people in the Athletic department sold tickets they weren't supposed to for personal gain. Had nothing to do with the athletes or coaches in any way, so where would the NCAA get justification to punish them? It'd be like revoking a church charter because a secretary embezzeled money. Ain't gonna happen.

riverdrifter 4 years, 9 months ago

The wind's from the east today and there's a taint on it.

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