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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Recruit Perry Ellis schedules unofficial visit to KU

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Wichita Heights junior forward Perry Ellis will make an unofficial visit to Kansas University’s campus on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder, who is ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com, will be taking advantage of a day off of school, his mom said Tuesday night. Heights is not in session on Monday or Tuesday of Labor Day weekend.

Ellis has received scholarship offers from KU, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas A&M;, Wichita State, Wake Forest and Iowa. He is hoping to reveal a list of finalists, perhaps before the start of the 2010-11 season.

Ellis has not yet decided whether he will attend KU’s season-opening Late Night in the Phog or Memphis’ Midnight Madness on Oct. 15. His sister, Savannah, is a two-year starter on Memphis’ women’s team. She is beginning her senior season.

Memphis’ women’s team takes part in the Tigers’ season-opening extravaganza. Ellis has scheduled no other unofficial visits at this time.

Ellis — he had a busy summer schedule which included playing for USA Basketball’s Developmental National Team — is currently resting his knees, which took quite a pounding during the spring and summer.

Ellis averaged 22.2 points and 10.4 rebounds a game last season in leading Heights to its second straight Class 6A state title. He has won the state Gatorade Player of the Year award the last two years. He’s also a 4.0 student.

Selby’s busy day of tweeting: Josh Selby had his 4,503 Twitter followers buzzing on Tuesday afternoon. He goes by the name joshSelby32.

KU’s freshman point guard from Baltimore, who has not yet been cleared to attend class or participate in games by the NCAA, posted a few updates about his current waiting game.

“I’M GOING TO PLAY THIS YEAR,” Selby tweeted at 1:49 p.m., raising the hopes of Internet users who figured that meant he’d been cleared to play at KU.

Selby followed at 3 p.m., with the tweet: “I feel good about me being cleared but I don’t know for sure.”

At that point, Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger responded with a Twitter question: “Is it a done deal, son?”

Selby’s response to Sullinger at 4:40 p.m.: “IDK (I don’t know) yet bro, but I feel comfortable about it.”

In other words ... nothing changed regarding Selby’s amateur status on Tuesday. The NCAA is looking into his relationship with Robert Frazier, the business manager for Denver Nuggets player Carmelo Anthony. Frazier served as advisor to Selby and his mom during the recruiting process.

Selby is Rivals.com’s No. 1-rated player nationally.

Kaun update: Former KU center Sasha Kaun scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in Russia’s 72-66 victory over Ivory Coast on Tuesday at the world championships in Turkey. He hit five of 10 shots and three of four free throws. The 6-11 Kaun has actually scored 13 points in each of Russia’s first three games, which have included two victories.

More recruiting: Coaches from KU, Tennessee and Missouri will travel to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for in-home visits with Ben McLemore, a 6-5 senior guard, Rivals.com reported Tuesday night. McLemore is Rivals.com’s No. 17-rated player. McLemore has not yet released his list of finalists ... Josiah Turner, a 6-3 senior guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, has added UCLA and cut Connecticut from his list of schools. Turner, who will visit KU for Late Night in the Phog, will travel to Louisville on Sept. 4, UCLA on Sept. 10, Arizona on Sept. 17 and Oregon on Oct. 1.

Comments

TtownHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Is there really any need to "schedule" an "unofficial" visit?

Tony Bandle 11 years, 3 months ago

Good point. As far as I know, Perry could drive up from Wichita every weekend if he wanted to. Maybe the proviso is some restriction on how much contact he can have with the coaching staff or the team.

No Common sense At this Address

Marcia Parsons 11 years, 3 months ago

I think it's one of those kinky NCAA rules. Official or unofficial, it's still a visit to a school that's recruiting him, and has to be reported.

Dirk Medema 11 years, 3 months ago

I believe it has to do with who pays for the visit, and the nature of the interaction with any rep's of the school.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Anybody else not like the idea of McClemore out in Virginia playing for Oak Hill? I don't get a good feeling that that is in the favor of KU landing the talented SG/SM. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I can only think of one Oak Hill player KU has ever landed and that was Ben Davis I believe, who ended up transferring away after 1 or 2 years and then ended up in Zona.

In regards to Selby, you can't deny his confidence towards the NCAA. Hope it gets done soon and before Labor Day.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, his school here in St.Louis closed and the school he would have been forced to travel to is somewhat of a hell hole, so his move to OH became a real necessity.

The good news is he'll get great competiton...the bad news is he's a hell of a lot closer to Puke and the Tarholes.

DCLawHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Brandon Rush spent two years prepping at Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, North Carolina, but that didn't stop him from coming to KU. Oak Hill is three hours away from Tobacco Road. I'm not worried.

hawksince51 11 years, 3 months ago

We have got to get Perry Ellis and save him from Kentucky. When Lucius Allen of KC,KS went to UCLA, it was bad enough; but, I could understand why he would want to play for John Wooden with Alcindor. However, I would never be able to rationalize Ellis going to Kentucky.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Bringing it back old school. Nicely done. I didn't realize Allen was from KS.

hawksince51 11 years, 3 months ago

Oh, yeah; Wyandotte High put out a lot of D-1 B-ball players in the 50's and 60's. Most went to KU or KSU and a few to MU. Allen was one of the best. When I lived in the Bay Area in the late 70's both Allen and JoJo White ended their careers with the Golden State Warriors so it was fun to go see the guard combo that might have been at KU.

jaybate 11 years, 3 months ago

Who could ever forget George Yarnevich?

Dirk Medema 11 years, 3 months ago

UCLA got a little G out of KC in the last decade or so also that did alright if I remember correctly.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

If anybody is interested Russia is playing China at the moment and Russia is down 3 at halftime.

Kaun has 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2-2 from the line.

USA plays at noon on ESPN

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Russia had a huge second half beating China 89-80. Kaun finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. 6-11 from the field, 4-6 from the charity stripe, and he's averaging just under 14 points a game through his first 4 games.

waywardJay 11 years, 3 months ago

certainly looks like the game he learned here is providing for him there. Kudos Sasha

ParisHawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Since you brought up Lucius Allen, I believe his Wyandotte team was undefeated throughout his career there. Then his freshman UCLA team was undefeated, then as a UCLA Varsity player he had a long winning streak.

I seem to remember that when they finally lost to Elgin Baylor he had a personal 99-game winning streak !!!

Tony Bandle 11 years, 3 months ago

The only winning streak approaching that was by unheralded quarterback Chuck Burkhart of the 68 and 69 Penn State Nittany Lions. { yes, those guys from the KU 12 men on the field Orange Bowl]

This guy played two years of Pop Warner football, four years of high school football, two years of JV at Penn State and two years of Varsity....and never lost. That was around 100 football games over ten years!!

hawksince51 11 years, 3 months ago

You mean Elvin Hayes of Houston, not Elgin Baylor. The "Big E" also beat KU at the NCAA regionals, in Lawrence actually, when we still had JoJo. I was at the game and we were in it until late when E stole the ball from Franz and went all the way to the bucket.

jaybate 11 years, 3 months ago

@ParisHawk,

The Alcindor team's streak was broken by Houston.

The Walton team's streak was broken by Digger's ND Irish.

Elgin Baylor played for Seattle before either.

Allen played small forward for Wyandotte High and was basically an order of magnitude better than every high school player he played against. I saw him play at least six times. He was lightening quick, a great leaper, and had a fine touch from anywhere on the floor.

The hope was for Lucious and Jo Jo White's careers to overlap. Had it happened, KU would have won three in a row without a shadow of a doubt.

And had Warren Jabali aka Warren Armstrong, of KC Central High have come to KU instead of Chita State, KU would arguably have fielded the most potent team in KU history. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

Lucious Allen looked even better at UCLA, where the running game fit him perfectly and the defense he learned from Wyandotte's great coach, Walt Shublom, ensured he would start instantly.

Lucious Allen was kicked off the UCLA team by Wooden, reputedly for pot smoking.

Had Allen remained on the team, he would undoubtedly have been a two time All American and have become Mike Warren's replacement at the point and UCLA would have been even better than it was, if such were possible.

Allen had a decent pro career with the Bucks.

Lucious Allen remains the greatest high school player I ever saw play in person.

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

I guess we found new music for Late Night. Saw this on The Shiver. Mascott has an edited version with recruit highlights and the music playing in the background. Pretty sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXcWpJVmh1s

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

Selby Alert! For those that are interested and have a "The Shiver" account should go check out Mascott's latest concerning Josh Selby. He feels something should be known in the next 24 hours for one or two different scenarios or both. All signs point to being very positive, but only time will tell.

1) Getting "Cleared" by the NCAA so he can attend class.

2) Checking into his Amateur status as a college athlete.

Hopefully, both scenarios will apply and this saga by the NCAA can be put in the past.

gchawk 11 years, 3 months ago

I didn't realize that Josh couldn't attend classes. Can't see why that is a provision in his current situation. Anyone know the reason he can't at least attend classes?

Chris Shaw 11 years, 3 months ago

His transcript has not been "Cleared" by the NCAA. Every athlete who plays athletics at the NCAA Division I or II level has to get "Cleared" by the NCAA. Because he changed High Schools a couple of times the NCAA has to check his transcript history. This part of the process is taking way too long IMO.

I understand if the NCAA wants to investigate his amateur status, but don't hold the kid hostage on both accounts.

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