Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Perry Ellis to decide on school Wednesday

Pray and Play's Perry Ellis (left) tries to get around Dreamvision's Winston Shepard in the Jayhawk Invitational Tournament Friday, April 29, 2011 at Haskell University.

Pray and Play's Perry Ellis (left) tries to get around Dreamvision's Winston Shepard in the Jayhawk Invitational Tournament Friday, April 29, 2011 at Haskell University.


Wichita Heights senior sensation Perry Ellis, who has emerged as one of the top players in Kansas high school basketball history, Wednesday will orally commit to either Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at 2:45 p.m., at the Heights gym.

“It is an exciting time,” said Ellis’ mom, Fonda, who has graciously kept media members informed of recruiting details the past five years — since Perry was first scouted in eighth grade.

“If you are there, you will hear it (decision) like the rest of us,” she added of the suspense ending at 2:45. “It will be televised live and on radio. Metro Sports of Kansas City is coming and three Wichita TV stations and three radio stations. It’s going to be pretty big,” she added.

Metro Sports (channel 37) indicated on Twitter that the station would indeed be showing the decision live at 2:45. Check Jesse Newell’s blog at for the decision as it is announced.

Three-time state Gatorade Player of the Year Ellis, who is’s No. 24-rated player in the Class of 2012, averaged 22.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game in leading Heights to a 25-0 record and third straight Class 6A state title his junior season.

Led by the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Ellis, Heights has won a Class 6A-record 44 consecutive games over the past two seasons.

“In my opinion, he’s having the greatest career in the history of large-class basketball in Kansas. The data pretty much makes that almost an irrefutable point,” Heights coach Joe Auer told the Wichita Eagle, which recently tapped Ellis all-state for the third straight year.

“He plays the toughest competition in the state and he absorbs so much defensive focus and pressure from the other team,” Auer added.

Here are some of the accomplishments of blue-chip college prospect Ellis.

• Hit a school-record 74.9 percent of his floor shots, 33.3 percent of his threes and 71.7 percent of his free throws in 2010-11.

• Scored a career-high 38 points against Wichita Northwest. Also scored 25 points in the 2011 state semifinals over Olathe East and averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 boards overall in the state tourney despite being double- and triple-teamed at times.

• Is Heights’ career rebounding leader (753 boards) after passing former Wichita State standout Antoine Carr this past season.

• Is Heights’ career No. 2 scorer (1,585 points) after passing Carr and former KU standout Darnell Valentine last season. Should pass Aubrey Sherrod (1,739 points) this season.

• Averaged 22.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals as a junior. Averaged 19.2 points and 11.7 rebounds as a freshman.

• Has perfect 4.0 grade point average and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class at Heights, where he also works as a tutor for fellow students.

• Volunteers as youth basketball instructor as well as multiple youth literacy-outreach initiatives ... serves as motivational speaker for youngsters and gives time to the Wichita Children’s Home.

As far as being perhaps the best prep player in state history ... McDonald’s All-Americans from the state of Kansas since 1977 include Valentine, Danny Manning, Greg Dreiling and Wayne Simien. Manning played at Lawrence High for just one season.

Of course, there are a great number of Kansans who excelled throughout history in decades prior to the start of the McDonald’s game.


mojayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Truly a classy young man. You definitely belong in Crimson and Blue, and it sounds like you are waaaaay too intelligent to fall for Coach Cal's trap. I'm a fan already!

Danny Hernandez 8 years, 2 months ago

what happened to the official school visits? Has he commited to attend the Legends game Saturday?

He decides to commit the Wednesday after the in-home's were completed with Coach Cal last?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, inquisitive minds want to know whats going on

lee3022 8 years, 2 months ago

He has been here and after being here what else it there?

ParisHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

In case Ellis was wondering about going to a moribund Big 12, the PAC 12 decision to stand pat may relieve his mind a bit. I don't suppose for a one-and-done it makes much difference anyway.

Michael Pannacciulli 8 years, 2 months ago

Where does he find the time and energy to be the perfect baller, head of the class, and a dedicated volunteer? Man...very impressive. Really hope he picks us as he would be a tremendous ambassador for KU.

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 2 months ago


Just be classy today. None of that drama with the hats, ok?

On second thought, how about not saying a word and just rolling up your sleeve to reveal a Jayhawk tattoo. Your ink guy would have to be sworn to secrecy, however. Or, you could just get one of those temporary ones from the bookstore.

Remember, Just Say No to any Wildcat or Shocker thoughts. It's Jayhawk all the way!

FarSideHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Perry, hopefully you've learned something from Lebron's "The Decision".

If you are going to make your decision such a public event, you can't leave your state to go to Kentucky.

Lawrence awaits you.

DCCCROCKS 8 years, 2 months ago

I've heard his family wants him to stay close so he's goin to wsu

Stephen Johnson 8 years, 2 months ago

I am holding out the slimmest of hopes that he ends up at KU, but I have a gut feeling that he will be attending WSU.

Chris Bruning 8 years, 2 months ago

What a DOWNER if he chooses anywhere but KU.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 2 months ago

Wichita to Lawrence is not exactly crossing the Sahara Desert and, oh by the way, how many Big Mondays will WSU have?

Mike Kendall 8 years, 2 months ago

I am remaining optimistic but I have this "devil's advocate feeling" Perry will be going to someelse other than KU. I hope I am wrong. Danny Manning will make you a better player, Perry. Keep saying that to yourself!

kupride4u 8 years, 2 months ago

Don't know if this would play into the decision, but it sounds like Calimari has known the kid for a long time too, as his sister played at Memphis

Brett Forreal 8 years, 2 months ago

It will go down something like this......Perry, " I will be going to KU." Ring, Ring...(Perry's cell phone) Perry says, "Hello?" "Yes, this is Cal" Hey here is what we can do for you...." Perry, " Leave me alone slime......"

Tony Bandle 8 years, 2 months ago

My brother lives in Lawrence and Perry has been to campus many, many times over the years with "unoffical" visits. Everyone in Lawrence will be shocked if he picks any place but Kansas.

I think the family being available to see the games is important and that it may be enough to eliminate Kentucky. Also, maybe he wants to set his own legacy, not just follow in the shoes of his sister.

That does bring up a good question, did his sister end up at Kentucky anyway???

PS I guess poster PAC 12 or Bust is on his second pitcher of mimosas this morning!! :)

kupride4u 8 years, 2 months ago

She went to Memphis, Cal was there at the time.

Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 2 months ago

I personally sat in class with the kid 3 times last fall. That's alot of unofficial visits in a 3 month span.

bradynsdad 8 years, 2 months ago

I am not betting against wsu but here is my thought, legends of the phog is this Saturday. What would be the best way to attend it? Not sure he would pick Kentucky or wsu then attend legends. Just a theory.

Ben Simonett 8 years, 2 months ago

Archie goodwin committed to Kentucky,

That makes two years in a row that self has missed on all of his top back court targets.

Seeing how the primary focus of this years class has been on the front court I'm not too worried but he really needs to land BOTH Ellis and Tarc now if he's going to pull in the kind of class expected at KU.

hawksfan08 8 years, 2 months ago

Gotta wonder A) what went on with Calipari and Goodwin when he was supposed to be at the legends of the phog game in just 3 days and B) how much the conference realignment mess played into his decision.

JayDocMD 8 years, 2 months ago

Goodwin's no miss. Calipari can have him. The kid is a head case. He must like Kentucky's color scheme and the fact that they are a Nike school, as those are his stated priorities while choosing a school.

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 2 months ago

Just heard about Archie Goodwin.. Seems like a long time since Selby committed...a lot of misses.

kj_hawk 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm not trying to hate on Selby, but I'd consider him a "miss" also.

d_park 8 years, 2 months ago

Kid's going to Kentucky. He's already talking about the NBA in his interviews. So, given Calipari's reputation with one & done's - this kid is going there.

Scott Bonnet 8 years, 2 months ago

Antoine Carr and Aubrey Sherrod were both McD's AAs too.

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

Macdonalds all americans that went from from wichita high to wichita state. That disqualifies them from the list in this paper. Carr was a beast and aubrey was a silky smooth southpaw.

Perry is in the league with these two guys and if any of you watched Carr play, you know that is an elite group. I would hope he picks KU, but would be sorta neutral on a WSU choice. Calipari would be heart breaking, though. That would be the first spec of blight on this young mans story book life so far.

TXBBall55 8 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. REALLY hope it's KU, but would understand WSU. Kensucky would be an outrage!!

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

Sherrod was the MVP of the Macdonalds classic he played in. I guess the Journal world thinks that expires or something.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 2 months ago

At least Perry's announcement gives us posters a break from worrying about we can worry about HCBS's recruiting relevance if Perry goes anywhere but Kansas. Still......

Wichita, KS to Lawrence, KS = 144 miles / Wichita, KS to Lexington, KY = 702 miles

I like the math!!!

PS I know, I know it's probably about 5 miles to WSU from his house, but it still is the MVC!!

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree but have you noticed our most recent record with the MVC?

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

I agree but have you noticed our most recent record with the MVC?

John Boyle 8 years, 2 months ago

If we played them on a regular basis, it would be a landslide in favor of KU. A couple upsets in the Big Dance are just that, upsets. Bring on Northern Iowa. We would love to play them every year and whoop their behinds. Same with Bradley.

woodscolt 8 years, 2 months ago

Yep, the last MVC team that could play at the caliber KU does year in and year out was that team that sherrod joined with the 3 all americans on it. (Carr, Levingston,and the Xavier Mcdaniels)

Troll_or_AntiTroll 8 years, 2 months ago

The hot rumor is KU to the MVC for the 2012-2013 season. So, even at KU, Perry will get to play in his home town every year.

Jack Wilson 8 years, 2 months ago

I don't get really caught up in one recruit, but rather trends and the final class. Meaning, how does all this look come next spring.

But this is an important recruit for coach Self. A top guy. In our backyard.

We know how our recruiting has been trending. Missing on this kid would add more weight to that trend.

I'm optimistic here. I think we snag this kid and Tarc. It will be a stud class.

Troll_or_AntiTroll 8 years, 2 months ago

US News & World Report rankings:

  1. KU
  2. UK

Probably not a big enough difference to matter.

WSU ranking "unpublished"

ku_foaf 8 years, 2 months ago

You never can tell. As a Kansas kid who never strayed from from home, I probably would have found going to school far away very exciting. I hope of course he goes to KU, but getting a chance to live in another part of the country could be a part of it. I remember Dennis Latimore that went to Arizona when he could have gone to KU, if I understood the situation correctly. He did have family in AZ, though.

jdhawk1988 8 years, 2 months ago

Didn't he say he was coming to legends of the Phog this Sat???

Andy Rieger 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe he wants to attend as a commitment so that he can avoid the whole recruiting drama and simply be the star on the sidelines...

jdhawk1988 8 years, 2 months ago

Archie Goodwin just comitted to UK and he is supposed to get other recruits to come in. I find it interesting what he says...

"It's one of those things like why not take the opportunity once you get it? There's plenty of guys I'd love to play with. DaJuan Coleman (Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) and Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) would be great. So would Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Marks); all those guys are great. No matter who it will be I'm going to be surrounded by great players. We'll bond and get to know each other."

What no Perry??? is it because he isn't going to UK and they already know it?

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 2 months ago

Hope they bond quickly..Archie Goodwin is already thinking NBA.

lothario64118 8 years, 2 months ago

on gawd no Kaleb Tarczewski to UK. ugh!!!

Travis Shinkle 8 years, 2 months ago

Let's look at his options: Kentucky = one and done U; due for more NCAA violations Wichita State = Could dominate immediately; not a whole lot of national exposure Kansas State = the world's 2nd WORST place to go (Missouri is of course #1); if he went there he should become public enemy #1

And then there's KU...should this really be a hard choice?!?

Rock Chalk Ellie Rock!

JayDocMD 8 years, 2 months ago

I anticipate the following headline tomorrow:

"In a Shocker, Ellis chooses WSU"

hope I'm wrong.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 2 months ago

Perry may commit to Kansas and he may not. The Big 12 may be around in 5 years and it may not. Monkeys may fly out of my butt and they may not.

[If the do, I'll be the most surprised person in North America...and, probably, be in the most pain as well]

TXBBall55 8 years, 2 months ago

OMG...word is he has contacted coaches and it isn't KU. I'm going to puke now.

Troll_or_AntiTroll 8 years, 2 months ago

Sources at WHHS have spotted Perry with four hats, but only one hat is flat-brimmed: UK.

rhagg 8 years, 2 months ago

there is a KU banner in the background of the live feed.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 2 months ago

right you are.... lets hope its confirmation...

Ben Kane 8 years, 2 months ago

what does it say on the KU banner underneath the KU?

bewareofthephogku 8 years, 2 months ago

Does anyone know the TV stations it will be on? An BTW rhagg, thanks for the stream link.

kuballhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!! Welcome to the Jayhawk family, Perry!!!!

bewareofthephogku 8 years, 2 months ago

Wow I was just watched that on a Kentucky website live stream and it happened a few miles north of me. But sweet! He's going to KU!

TrizzHawk 8 years, 2 months ago


brooksmd 8 years, 2 months ago

What a welcome he will get in the Phog if he shows up for the Legends game Saturday. Should blow the roof off.

bad_dog 8 years, 2 months ago

Per Joanna Chadwick of the Wichita Eagle, Coach Auer (Ellis' HS coach) Coach Manning was a big factor. Ellis watched how the Morris twins developed and really liked how DM handled/developed them..

brooksmd 8 years, 2 months ago

You hear that Kaleb? DMann is da man. Come let him work his magic on you.

bad_dog 8 years, 2 months ago

The Eagle is also reporting one of the coaches leaked the decison to the media before the announcement. Who would be slimey enough to do that?

addlime 8 years, 2 months ago

No doubt who this would be. Like school on Saturday, no class!

bad_dog 8 years, 2 months ago

Eagle reports Coach Auer states Ellis "adores" DM and they are similar types. Low key, don't need the bright spotlights, etc...

Rock Chalk Danny Manning!

bigd1020 8 years, 2 months ago

If you haven't heard' He's a Jayhawk baby. Yeah. Great choice Perry.

Alohahawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Legendary decision, Perry. From sea to shining sea. And the waving wheat of Kansas. Welcome to the Jayhawk Nation.

Danny's the Man!


Must admit that I got a little concerned when Goodwin declared only the day before for Kenstinky. Thought Cal Lie Pari had used some more of his under the table shenanigans to try to lure Mr. Ellis into his Den of Iniquity.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 2 months ago

Wheres "UKALLDAY"???? He promised us to make an appearance after Perry made a decision!

Alohahawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Trolls (such as ukallday) only appear when they have dodo to say, not when they'll have it thrown back in their faces and have to eat their dodo. Uh, I mean, "eat their words".

Alohahawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Great story on Perry Ellis on basketball recruiting page. Lists out the highlights, on court and recruiting, during his high school career. Excellent pic of HCBS as well.

lee3022 8 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Perry. You have made many Jayhawks rejoice today. The accounts of your presser were very complimentary as you handled the announcement with class and maturity. It is part of the Kansas culture and highly prized.

Now, I hope you might pick up your phone and give Kaleb some encouragement (actually this is encouragement) with a personal appreciation from you toward a possible future teammate? Kaleb can be assured that top quality teammates support his move to Lawrence.

Also appreciation for your parents for the class and dignity they have helped you with in this decision.

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