Friday, June 1, 2012

Kansas recruit Perry Ellis nabs national player of year


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.


wildjayhawk 5 years, 12 months ago

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stinkybulldog 5 years, 12 months ago

What does McLemore drinking have to do with this article?

I can't wait to see Ellis in a Jayhawk uniform! He will take T-Robs place nicely.

JayDocMD 5 years, 12 months ago

from left field, batting 4th, wildjayhawk.

kellerman411 5 years, 12 months ago

Ha! From left field?! Heck, wildjayhawk through that one in from the parking lot....

Sam Constance 5 years, 12 months ago

I was thinking he was probably sitting in the stands with that comment. Next to this guy:

Or maybe it IS him.

Chris Bruning 5 years, 12 months ago

can't imagine how good his D woulda been then if he looked sober

Ludwig Supraphonic 5 years, 12 months ago

So you're going to transfer the Brady hate to McLemore. Good you have found an outlet for your spleen, Jawhawkinnebr, along with a new avatar and nickname.

rtwngr 5 years, 12 months ago

The kid is a straight A student, too.

Jeeveshawk 5 years, 12 months ago

Wayne Simien must be adressed as "Big Dub" instead of "the main brain."

Woody Cragg 5 years, 12 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!"

Adam Bengtson 5 years, 12 months ago

NavyVet, I have watched him for 4 years now, and he is nowhere near the NBA ready half the kids in next year class are. Perry will get there, but will not be a 1 and done.

texashawk10 5 years, 12 months ago

Ellis is going to leave KU with a degree and it probably won't take him 4 years to get one either, unless he stays for all 4 to get a masters which he could probably do if he chose to do so.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 12 months ago

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

Adam Bengtson 5 years, 12 months ago

But will not compare to the impact that Ellis had in his 4 years. Man was tripled teamed since midway through his Freshman season. Conner is excellent shooter, but for North to win he shoots it 30 times a game. I could hold scoring title if they let me shoot every time.

Kevin Studer 5 years, 12 months ago

Actually, Conner faces more double and triple teams than Perry did by simple virtue of Heights having a much better team. Conner is the only scorer at North at all, and he is doubled up every time he has the ball, even well behind the perimeter.

Jeremy LeMaster 5 years, 12 months ago

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

Jeeveshawk 5 years, 12 months ago

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

RJ King 5 years, 12 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.

Curtis Stutz 5 years, 12 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.

Martin Rosenblum 5 years, 12 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.

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 12 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!!!

mikehawk 5 years, 12 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.

REHawk 5 years, 12 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.

REHawk 5 years, 12 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.

DRsmith 5 years, 11 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.

Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 11 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!

Dr. Robert s. Mosser 5 years, 11 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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