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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Perry Ellis selected as McDonald’s All-American

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.

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Kansas signee Perry Ellis has been selected as one of 24 players on the final rosters of the McDonald's All-American teams.

Ellis, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Wichita Heights High School, will play on the East Team.

The 35th annual McDonald's All-American game will be played on March 28 at Chicago’s United Center.

Ellis is KU's first McDonald's All-American since Josh Selby was named to the roster in 2010.

Comments

REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

brooksmd, though we don't have topnotch 6'11"+ recruits entering the program next season, Self and Co. have recruited some mighty solid promising forwards. But, yeah, your point is well made. What a place and situation for big man development, the Jayhawk hoops program. If my tall son or grandson were 4 or 5 star players looking for the best of all possible programs for development, Kansas would be #1 on my list for consideration. Not enough can be said about the triumverate of Self, Manning, Hudy...and the grand tradition which emcompasses Jayhawk basketball.

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brooksmd 2 years, 2 months ago

How can this be? According to some doom and gloomers on here HCBS can't recruit anymore, let alone get a Micky-D AA. What I would like to know is, how can a recruit look at what HCBS has done in what is supposed to be a down year and not see the possibilities? And with the bigs that HCBS, DMan and Hudy produce I would think quality big kids would be lined up at the door, down on their knees, pleading for a scholarship. But what do I know?

Congrats Perry and looking forward to watching you next year.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

didjabuti, your post is one of our best ever: " I could explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you." (Sorry to have mangled it a bit in my post of another article today.) Love it!

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

Mega congrats, Perry!

You've worked hard your entire life for this and the fruits from your labor are coming your way! No one deserves it more than you!

Can't wait to see you in a Hawk uniform!

Rock Chalk, Perry Ellis!

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

+1 Oakville, on your 7 figure list.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't know how enthusiastically our coaching staff went after I. Austin, but I do know that the kid chose a program where he could coast on natural talent without undergoing daily improvement and extension of his full hoops package. Parents of most potential NBA athletes, esp. those over 6'8", have cost their supertalented sons millions of future dollars by sending them to programs possessing much weaker big man coaches than the man managing that portion of the show at KU. Andrea Hudy and Dan Manning combine to produce the absolute max for big man development.

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Masonhawk06 2 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations on this well deserved honor Perry.

I can't wait to see him suit up for the Hawks, and I particularly can't wait to watch him go up against another talented incoming big man in Isaiah Austin.

Of course we know who will get the better coaching of the two players, and Self will once again put Scott Drew in a clown suit.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 2 months ago

Oakville-----

I am totally #1 on your list. Can't stand it when I hear--- "Oh, I am a K-State fan during football season and a KU fan during basketball season."

Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spare me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can anyone else relate?????????????

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Tony Bandle 2 years, 2 months ago

I became a Jayhawk when I started school in 1966. [probably before many of you were even born].

The most interesting aspects of our Kansas basketball culture to me are as follows:

1] There is no middle ground....you are either 100% into the Jayhawks or you don't even belong on the Allen Fieldhouse parking lot.

2] As overwhelming as the total legacy of our program is [the founder of the game as the first coach, more games played than anyone, more years played than anyone, the founder of modern coaching, the Kansas Family Tree, Allen Fieldhouse etc., etc.,], we always have the distinct impression that Kansas is never fully appreciated by the rest of the nation or most of the media.

3] Once a Jayhawk, forever your blood runs Crimson and Blue, and no school in the country has more solid historical background to hate a rival than Kansas hates Missouri.

4] We cherish each team playing in the present but become totally involved with teams that have yet to be. I have worked out almost complete rosters [assuming no early defections] for 2012/13 and 2013/14 and feel like I know the players already.

5] Things that take precedent over a Jayhawk game against Missouri............... [OK, not counting your wedding and the birth of your child - you know, if you time the wedding start correctly and induce labor just right...uh??????]

6] Feel compelled to expect the best from each player and not hesitate to let them have it when they don't produce but if some outsider goes after one of ours, he better be prepared to take on the whole of Kansas Nation.

7] We will always be family..there are relatively few former Jayhawks and coming back to Allen always feels like coming home.

Congratulations and welcome to Kansas, Perry, although you always knew it would be home, didn't you!!!

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Konkis Dongington III 2 years, 2 months ago

Totally Called it!!!! Seriously though, congrats Perry. You've worked so hard all these years. It's got to be incredible to get this kind of vindication. Can't wait for you to get to campus next year.

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jhawk613 2 years, 2 months ago

The McDonald's AA nomination/selection is a such a scam.

5-Stars Shabazz, Anderson, Austin, Purvis, Bennett, Dunn, A. Goodwin, Ashley, Smart, Ferrell, Poythress, Ridley, Warren, Ellis, Harris

5-star not selected (rivals rankings)

3 McGary, #4 Adams, #8 Ledo, #9 Pollard, #11 Stokes, #15 House, #16 Perea, #18 Dekker, #20 Tarczewski, #22 Smith-Rivera

mhis is how understand the McD AA system works from my sister's high school coach who went through the McD AA process once and said he'd never do it again. A player can't be on the McD AA team unless he/she is nominated by their high school coaches. Players don't have to meet any criteria to be nominated. Theoretically a coach could nominate his/her entire team.

Also, you run into college coaches that request the high school coach to nominate their recruit for a McD AA. Then, even if that recruit doesn't get selected, they can publicize on their website, in their program, wherever they want that they have a McD AA Nominee signed to play for them.

Most of the players that get selected have talent, but a player could be not selected simply because his coach didn't fill out the paperwork.

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REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm more than a little curious about Bill Self's evolvement regarding the point guard/combo guard situation. Projected to be a pure point guard, somewhat in the cut of Aaron Miles (Roy's recruit, by the way), was Naadir Tharpe merely a fill-in as the best remaining guard recruit last summer, or had Coach waffled somewhat regarding his outlook on floor generalship...perhaps after expeiencing the frustrations in converting TT to a solid leader in whose hands the ball would be brought upcourt? What I really wonder: Has Naadir been cast in the role of converting to combo guard in lieu of focusing primarily on the manner to which he was accustomed before his recruitment? It has appeared that, in no time at all, Naadir was trying to emulate TT while on the court, slashing to the hoop and shooting 3s rather than focusing primarily on ball distribution and high assist numbers. Perhaps his transition stemmed from elevated turnover numbers when he first appeared in games; maybe Bill Self has demanded that he work on elements of his game which go beyond the pass-first mentality. Whatever the case, he has not been a significant contributor to a team which sometimes seems almost desperately in need of guard relief late in games when Tyshawn tires...or earlier, when TT goes through brief periods of lapses in focus. Will Naadir survive to be counted upon as part of the mix next season? If his dependability is highly suspect, at season's end, will Bill Self yet attempt to focus on bringing in a Pierre Jackson-type experienced jr. cllg. backup for our starting guards? Will Naadir's year of practice time experience benefit him, and next year's squad, in anywhere near the manner in which we saw Russ Rob improve by his sophomore campaign...or will Naadir red shirt or go the route of Royce Wooldridge? Perhaps too much was demanded of him, considering that Tyshawn's multiple value lies in being a primary scoring threat, esp. since Elijah has not yet become a dependable scorer, game in and out. A sub for Tyshawn is cast in the role of making much more happen than merely distributing the ball. A heady learning responsibility for a 6 ft. recruit cast in the role of subbing for the most versatile scoring "point guard" in this year's Big 12.

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johnnyphoton 2 years, 2 months ago

What's made this year's team exciting is their dedication to team. Not saying others haven't and this future cast of starts won't, but here's hoping all this long talent will want to be coached. Regardless of what some posters have said, HCBS is a great coach. If the group of players noted here listen, like this year's group, they will win. BIG

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 2 months ago

On topic:

Perry Ellis, you will always have a free pass to the front of the line at McDonalds. Mayor McCheese will personally serve you your Happy Meal from now on!

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Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 2 months ago

Totally off topic. How does Paul Pierce end up on the reserve list for the All-Star game after just making history by passing up Larry Bird's record? Sure he's not in his prime. But, he is a Legend and deserves to be an All-Star, not a reserve.

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Kye Clark 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank Gawd Murray St lost. Now everyone (poll voters) can get off their junk and stop moving them up just because of the unwritten rule that "Team A is ranked one spot above Team B. Team A lost, Team B did not. Team B should move ahead of Team A"

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Andrew Washington 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder how many 5 star recruits KU has had in the past 10 years vs the other blue-blood programs? I looked at rivals and here's what I found:

UCONN: 10 DUKE: 13 Kansas: 13 UNC: 12 UK: 17 ( ..14 have been since 2009!)

hmm.. KU seems to be right up there with the best of them. We beat everyone except UK and tie with Duke.

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Mike Kendall 2 years, 2 months ago

Anyway Perry could be ready for KU this year? I am being sarcastic! Can't wait for the big fella to be in a KU uni. Rock Chalk, and congrats, Perry!

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Jack Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

Starters same as most mentioned above: 1. EJ 2. BMac 3. Releford 4. Ellis 5. Withey


Rest of rotation -

  1. Sampson/Parker (wishful thinking, I know)
  2. Tharpe
  3. Traylor
  4. White

If Sampson or Parker don't pan out, which is the most likely scenario, then move Traylor up, and the battle for the last spot in the rotation is between Lucas/Peters/Young/Wesley. Possibility that Adams could get in the rotation mix, depending upon Tharpe. Buried in the doghouse is an understatement for Tharpe right now. Hard to imagine a pure escape by next season.

One obvious result of the dip in recruiting is the complete inexperience off the bench next season. But at least there is hope for depth.

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JhawkalumJB 2 years, 2 months ago

I think landing Ellis was a HUGE get for KU. He seems like a mature young man that will be very coachable and thrive under Self and Manning. We will have some youth next year and I'm sure Ellis will play a big part in the line-up.

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Jason Keller 2 years, 2 months ago

Let me tell you all why Bill Self is THE greatest recruiter in the entire nation. He goes after a perfect kind of talent. A kid who is head and shoulders above the rest but still has enough to learn to avoid being a 1 and done. That way Bill can get at least 2 years if not 3 out of all of his best players.

2 or 3 yrs. from a player rated 90 > 1 yr. from a player rated 98

Please do not be fooled by the big time splashes being made in Texas and Baylor. A portion of those kids are turn-key NBA boys and will be gone after a year. They will be at an incredible disadvantage playing our older players like Releford, EJ and Withey.

This year, KU's class is typical Bill Self genius. Perry is the only kid who will be leaning toward the league after 1 year, that's if he has a very productive year. We will get 2 or 3 out of the other 4 stars.

Keep your eye on Lucas, I think this kid is a sleeper. He could be the next T-Rob.

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

But Calipari chances go up every year he maintains a top5 or top10 squad--same as any other guy with a top team. Of course we dont like his methods, but he does get after his team, and Self admits Cal's teams are coached to play D. I havent liked Calipari for years, but Im just saying the above from an "odds" standpoint. Im no Kentucky fan, but they do have a shot this year, as do we (depending on a few things...).

RCJH

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Brianna Zaleski 2 years, 2 months ago

jayherk,

I hate to say it but I think this could be their year.

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Jeeveshawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Ellis should make a nice edition to a great bench next year. Our starting lineup will be:

1- Johnson 2- McLemore 3- Releford 4- Young 5- Withey

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jayherk 2 years, 2 months ago

Calipari can recruit but he hasn't done sh*t when it comes to winning championships. He should win the sec, it is the second weakest conference besides the pac 12. I love it when Kentucky fans talk sh%t about Ku, at the beginning of the year they were saying Ku is nit bound, I think they forgot they were there 4 years ago.

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Neom 2 years, 2 months ago

One school with 3 - NC State; Two schools with 2 - Kentucky, Arizona; All other schools with 1 or 0; Some could change though with 5 undecided.

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billhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

JaKarr Sampson is visiting this weekend from what I've read. He doesn't seem to be listed in the top 150 players... Anyone know anything about him?

We got a couple good players coming in next year in Ellis and White (maybe Peters), but it concerns me we're recruiting players that don't crack national rankings.

We're so thin already this year and we lose our only two consistent players. Hopefully we'll be in on a few more McDonald's All-Americans next year!

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jaybate 2 years, 2 months ago

If UK thinks they are long this year, wait till next year when Self will actually have to ask Sheahon to raise the roof on AFH to fit next year's starting line up in the joint.

1 6-4 Elijah Johnson 2 6-6 Travis Releford 3 6-8 Perry Ellis 4 6-8 KY/Justin/Jamari 5 7-0 Jeff Withey

These are some lonnnnnng birds.

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2 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else notice NC State cleaning up with McD All Americans??

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DRsmith 2 years, 2 months ago

benjman25...Tarc was not eligible to be picked.

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Joe Satterwhite 2 years, 2 months ago

Anybody know why he's on the East team and not the west...just thinking geographically???

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Benjamin Simon 2 years, 2 months ago

anyone else surprised tarczewski isn't listed??

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DRsmith 2 years, 2 months ago

Good thing they selected when they did, he is dropping quick. My guess is he won't make the Jordan game.

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lionhawkward 2 years, 2 months ago

Keep the big macs and stay with the right pieces in the puzzle. Some call it junk food for a reason, lots of me and my. I love the guys that put something before themself and become part of the Jayhawk Family. Proud of this team for bouncing back last night RCJH

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 2 months ago

Pretty nice looking group of first year players next year!!! Ellis, McLemore, White, Traylor and Peters to start. Don't know much about Lucas, but I've read some nice things about Adams, too. And we'll need it, most of our points will be going bye bye!

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