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Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) delivers a put-back dunk over Rhode Island forward Jarelle Reischel (2) during the first half on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

Extra oomph: Ellis forceful in win over RIU

One of Kansas University’s most forceful dunkers thus far this basketball season has been the unlikeliest of candidates: calm, cool, collected, laid-back Perry Ellis. The 6-foot-8 Ellis score a team-leading 17 points in the Jayhawks’ 76-60 first-round Orlando Classic victory over Rhode Island in HP Field House. By Gary Bedore

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