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Stoic Perry Ellis shines in KU’s exhibition win over Emporia State

Kansas forward Perry Ellis is congratulated as he comes out of the game during the second half against Emporia State, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis is congratulated as he comes out of the game during the second half against Emporia State, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.

October 30, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self talks after 88-54 win over ESU

KU coach Bill Self talks after his team's 88-54 victory over Emporia State on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Ben McLemore, Rio Adams and Landen Lucas talk after ESU win

KU freshmen Ben McLemore, Rio Adams and Landen Lucas talk after the Jayhawks' 88-54 victory over Emporia State on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

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Kansas University freshman forward Perry Ellis, who didn’t crack even the hint of a smile during his highly-productive major-college debut Tuesday night, insists he had a blast during the Jayhawks’ 88-54 exhibition rout of Emporia State in Allen Fieldhouse.

“I don’t really show much emotion, but I had a lot of fun out there, man,” the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Wichita Heights graduate said after scoring 15 points off 5-of-5 shooting and 5-of-7 free throwing and grabbing seven rebounds in just 16 minutes.

“I mean we’ve got guys on this team who have been working hard since the summer. It was a lot of fun. I’m just happy to be out there,” he added.

Ellis admits he was extra enthused playing his KU debut with his mom, Fonda, dad, Will, younger brothers Brae and Cameron, older sister, Savannah, AAU coach, Steve Young, and high school coach, Joe Auer, in the stands.

“It means a lot that my family gets to see me,” said Ellis, who scored eight points and grabbed six boards the first half in helping KU to a 42-21 lead. “It’s not too far (from Wichita). It’s a great feeling they came tonight to support me.”

While Fonda was proud of her oldest son — “great production I thought,” she said — she was not alarmed at his lack of emotion during the debut.

“He’s got that poker face. He’d be a good poker player,” she said while watching Perry sign autographs in the northwest tunnel after the contest.

KU coach Bill Self, who considered freshmen Landen Lucas (nine boards, six points, 12 minutes) and Rio Adams (two assists, one point, one steal, 10 minutes) as “best players for us per minute” also gave a thumbs-up to Ellis.

“I thought he did well. He scores the ball easy,” Self said. “He won’t always go 5-for-5. He has such a nice touch on the ball. I still think he can be a lot more aggressive. We blocked one shot tonight ... awful. If he can become aggressive as far as mindset, he could be a really good player really early in his career.”

Expanding on the aggressive mindset issue, Self added: “When you screen, screen hard. When you jump, jump as high as you can. When you go after balls, go with two hands. He’s playing so much harder than he probably ever has. He plays hard, that’s obvious. (But) you say, ‘Jump’ and he jumps higher after you yell at him, then he’s not jumping. That’s where a lot of our guys are. I don’t think they know they can just let it go. That’s not negative, just the way it is. Freshmen ... we had the same issue with (Brandon) Rush, (Mario) Chalmers, (Julian) Wright, the (Morris) twins. I just think he has so much more to give in impacting the game than what he thinks he can. I think he can be a really good player. We can’t sell out for him just being OK.”

Ellis knows he has work to do.

“Being aggressive is something you have to do in practice, work on going hard every possession on the court,” he said. “It’s something I have to work on in practice. You’ve got to have a tough mindset, work hard and do your best.”

Elijah Johnson had 12 points, Ben McLemore 11, including two off a spectacular put-back dunk, and Andrew White III 10 for the Jayhawks, who next meet Washburn at 7 p.m. Monday, in Allen.

Comments

Bill Lee 1 year, 8 months ago

You need to edit the headline on the main page. I know KU has beaten itself in the past, but not this time.

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nostradavid 1 year, 8 months ago

Jayhawks next top scorer hard to predict? TOLDJA! (9 hours ago) "Watch out for Perry Ellis. He tore it up in Wichita. He will get a lot of shots off rebounds."

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Kevin Enos 1 year, 8 months ago

Geeze, I miss Danny Manning already, but after all he's done for this program I wish him nothing but the best. Speaking of Manning wasn't he one of the all-time poker faces to ever play the game?

And speaking of faces - lotsa new faces this year, but there's a heckuva lot of talent there. A lot of the new players looked really hungry to make an impact, this might be a really fun season.

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msezdsit 1 year, 8 months ago

Drew, Ben, Perry. There, we figured out where the scoring we lost with taylor and trob will come from. Ellis could have a Danny Manning type career here if he stayed four years. Maybe even three years. Enjoy these guys while you can, they may be a short stay.

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 8 months ago

Norm Roberts did more in game and after huddle break coaching than Self. He is a no-nonsense guy and isn't afraid to get in the players ears.

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martyks 1 year, 8 months ago

I think we might label Perry the assassin... or shark. He just unemotionally tears up people's games.

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