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Friday, June 1, 2012

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis nabs national player of year

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Kansas recruit Perry Ellis has been chosen the high school basketball player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

The four-time Kansas player of the year led Wichita Heights to four straight Class-6A state championships. He finished his senior year averaging 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-8 forward surpassed former Jayhawks center Greg Dreiling as the career scoring leader in Wichita City League history, finishing with 2,231 points. Dreiling's record of 1,888 points had stood for 31 years.

Ellis will join the Jayhawks in time for a four-game exhibition tour of Switzerland and France in August.

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docnchg 1 year, 10 months ago

3 yrs. With his academics he will have no trouble getting degree in 3 years while growing in BB Know-How. Worth $ to NBA and $ to the rest of his life.

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Jeff Kilgore 1 year, 10 months ago

With Bill Self's coaching, Ellis's ability and intelligence, and the mania of Allen Fieldhouse, there are great times coming!

Congratulations, Perry!

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DRsmith 1 year, 10 months ago

Kid is a good player but not sure how a guy ranked in the 20s by all major sources pulls this award. The only thing I can think of is perhaps it took into account his GPA? Anyway, to those worried he will be a one and done, don't.

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REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I am very happy for Danny Manning, and look forward to keeping an eye on Tulsa hoops. However, I really wish he were still aboard to influence and help guide our incoming bevy of Jayhawk bigs. The spirits of Danny, Wilt and Wayne, T-Rob and so many former Jayhawk bigs will hang like morning mist over the earnest efforts of more players 6'8" or taller than we have seen on any Bill Self Kansas squad. The Jayhawk Nation and all worthy opponents are in for a spectacular new appearance of Kansas Basketball.

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REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Congratulations, Perry Ellis and family. Congratulations to University of Kansas and Jayhawk athletics for pursuing and landing such a distinguished recruit. Here's hoping that some day Perry's jersey will hang in the rafters alongside former Jayhawk stars, and that his academic success will help lead Kansas basketball to the top tier of annual NCAA academic excellence.

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mikehawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Very, very impressive. Happy for you and your family young man. You are already making us look good on the national stage, and you haven't even come out of the tunnel in a Kansas uniform yet. You represent everything we want Kansas basketball to be. Can't wait until November.

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Andy Tweedy 1 year, 10 months ago

Epic fail by the coaching staff! Valedictorian, National POY, KS POY! Oops, sarcasm seeping through again. Nice job, Perry, and nice job coaches!!!

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Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 10 months ago

Why stop with this honor? How can we start the college POY campaign going for Perry to be given that distinction as well? Oh yeah, he has two eyebrows. Maybe that will stand in his way too, as was the case with TRob.

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phogphan2000 1 year, 10 months ago

He certainly dominated at the HS level. Congratulations Mr. Ellis, now don't let it go to your head and don't let it put undue pressure on you. Just be ready to work a little harder than you did the last 4 years and things are gonna be great for you at KU.

I agree BayHawkaholic, I think this has a lot to do with the scoring title and the championships.

Whether you think Ellis is as talented as some of the other guys in this class or not, you have to like the fact that he knows how to win.

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RJ King 1 year, 10 months ago

Does anyone know what exactly is the criteria for the award? Ellis' selection would certainly indicate that grades and community service are part of the equation.

Past recipients include Harrison Barnes, Derrick Favors, Samardo Samuels, Kevin Love, and Greg Oden. The NHSCA site only lists athletic accomplishments - with no mention of GPA, citizenship or volunteer activities.

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Jeeveshawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Good for him. He is a valedictorian and national POY. I wonder how many people have done that before.

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TaCityHawkFan 1 year, 10 months ago

Well done, Perry! Congrats man... we are excited to have you in the Jayhawk family!

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

Conner Frankamp should get by Perry's record next season, he's around 1,800 points now.

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NavyVet 1 year, 10 months ago

Congrats, indeed. Unfortunately, these days that kind of talent means, most likely, 1/done.

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Woody Cragg 1 year, 10 months ago

France & Switzerland in August? Man are these guys pampered or what? We were lucky to have warm ups (sweats) to run outside in the snow with. BF was a friggin' slave driver! Hopefully they understand where the bread gets the butter. They'll have stars in their eyes all summer, cept' for BOOT CAMP! Remember what ol' Gen Patton said when he was there... "Victory is fleeting!"

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Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 10 months ago

Great news. Ellis has the potential to be the best player the state of Kansas has ever produced. He could even out do Wayne 'the Main Brain' Simien. Looking forward to him suiting up this summer.

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rtwngr 1 year, 10 months ago

The kid is a straight A student, too.

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wildjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

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kerbyd 1 year, 10 months ago

Cool and very well deserved.

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keithwt 1 year, 10 months ago

That's awesome. Great job, Perry.

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