Incoming Kansas University forward Perry Ellis has been named high school boys basketball player of the year, the National High School Coaches Association announced Friday.
Ellis, a 6-8, 220-pounder out of Wichita Heights, averaged 25.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a game last season for the four-time defending state champions. The McDonald’s All-American and four-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, who is ranked No. 24 overall in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com, finished his career as leading scorer in Wichita City League history (2,231 points). He passed former KU center Greg Dreiling, now runner-up with 1,888 points.
The mission statement of the NHSCA, which was formed in 1989, is to provide leadership and support to coaches and administrators and their programs. The NHSCA selects National Coaches and Senior Athletes of the Year in 22 boys and girls sports.
Merv to visit UNM: Former KU forward Merv Lindsay will take a recruiting visit to the University of New Mexico next week. He scored 11 points off 5-of-11 shooting while logging 2.2 minutes a game in 12 games his freshman season at KU.
Royce’s dad dies: Former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge, the father of former KU guard Royce Woolridge, died Thursday at the age of 52 in Mansfield, La. The coroner told the AP Woolridge died while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition. Royce Woolridge will be a sophomore at Washington State this season.
No news on recruiting trail: Nothing is new regarding the recruiting status of Milton Doyle, a 6-4 senior guard from Chicago’s Marshall High, who visited KU in mid-May.
Doyle, who decommitted from Florida International following the firing of Isiah Thomas as coach, has not made any other campus visits. It is believed Doyle will likely attend KU if he, as expected, qualifies academically. He’s still in school with graduation set for June 9.
Meanwile, Anrio Adams, a 6-3 senior guard from Seattle, who orally committed to KU last November, also figures to join the KU team as a freshman, if he, as expected, qualifies academically.
Doyle and his family members are not commenting publicly on his recruitment at this time. The third-team Chicago Tribune all-stater averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and nearly five assists a game last season.
Adams has posted periodically on Facebook and Twitter that he will be KU bound sometime in June. Adams averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 assists a game last season and was named the Associated Press Class 3A basketball player of the year in the state of Washington.