Thursday, October 2, 2014

KU’s Perry Ellis, Cliff Alexander highlight preseason all-Big 12 selections

Kansas forward Perry Ellis goes to the hoop against Toledo forward J.D. Weatherspoon during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis goes to the hoop against Toledo forward J.D. Weatherspoon during the first half on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Junior forward Perry Ellis was the lone Kansas University men's basketball player named to the preseason all-Big 12 basketball team, voted on by the league's coaches.

Ellis was one of two Big 12 players named as a unanimous selection to the five-man first-team squad. One of two returning starters from last season, Ellis enters 2014-15 as Kansas' leading returning scorer (13.5) and rebounder (6.7) and on the heels of a third-team all-Big 12 selection.

KU freshman Cliff Alexander also earned preseason accolades by being named the early pick for co-freshman of the year. He shared the honor with Texas' Myles Turner, who chose UT over Kansas in a hotly contested recruiting battle.

Alexander, the No. 3 ranked player in the nation in his recruiting class, Alexander averaged 25 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks per game during his senior season in high school and was chosen the 2014 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year.

The tie between Alexander and Turner marks only the second time in conference history there has been a tie for freshman honors (2003-04).

For the first time in Big 12 history, a West Virginia player has been named Big 12 preseason Player of the Year, as guard Juwan Staten was chosen as the top dog by the league's coaches.

Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones is the third Iowa State player in the last six years be picked as top newcomer. Dejean-Jones will be eligible to play immediately after transferring from UNLV.

Staten is the top returning scorer in the Big 12 after leading the league with 18.1 points per game overall in 2013-14. The senior guard also topped the conference in minutes played (37.3 mpg) while ranking second in assists (193) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and third in field goal percentage (.486). He also averaged a league-best 19.9 points in Big 12 play.

Preseason Player of the Year

Juwan Staten, West Virginia, G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Dayton, Ohio/Dayton

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Bryce Dejean-Jones, Iowa State, G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif./Taft/USC/UNLV

Preseason Freshmen of the Year

Cliff Alexander, Kansas, F, 6-8, 240, Fr., Chicago, Ill./Curie

Myles Turner, Texas, F, 6-11, 240, Fr., Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity

2014-15 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Georges Niang, Iowa State F 6-7 240 Jr.

Perry Ellis, Kansas F 6-8 225 Jr.

Marcus Foster, K-State G 6-2 200 So.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma G 6-4 209 Jr.

Juwan Staten, West Virginia G 6-1 190 Sr.


Joe Joseph 5 years, 2 months ago

Perry is going to have a monster year this year, but will be an all-American the next.

Trent Rose 5 years, 2 months ago

If Perry has a monster year, he won't be back next year.

Joe Joseph 5 years, 2 months ago

I respectfully disagree. What position is Perry going to play in the L? Who's he going guard in the L? Who will he be able to guard? At best he will be a late round prospect this coming draft or next. He's smart, and if I'm not mistaken, a valedictorian. He strikes me as the type that would value getting a degree, especially if he his within one year of doing so. He'd have to have a monster, monster year to be a top-half-of-the-draft type of guy. Or, really develop into an outside threat. Or, really develop into a defensive beast.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 2 months ago

Because Perry was a valedictorian in HS, it's very likely Perry will have his degree after this year because he likely accumulated quite a few credits in HS.

Sae Thirtysix 5 years, 2 months ago

Strong guess - Wayne Selden will finish the year 1st Team All Conference.

Robert Brock 5 years, 2 months ago

Can you have a "monster year" without playing defense? Not in my opinion.

Danny Hernandez 5 years, 2 months ago

Color me not impressed with Marcus Foster

Joseph Bullock 5 years, 2 months ago

I believe Perry is gone after this season. He 'WILL' have a great season, especially since we have a 'True Point Guard', in Graham, and because Connor & Frank now have a year under their belts. He also won't have to always defer to Wiggins, since he is gone. Also, did you not hear how well Perry did at the LaBron, Durant, and Niki camps, over the summer. All people did was rave about how great he played, against the best competition in the Nation (and that includes incredible praise from KD, LaBron, John Lucus Senior, and all of the sports casters who were at the camps. PS: Perry will get his Degree, even if he goes pro after this season.

Dillon Hayes 5 years, 2 months ago

Perry could seriously average 18-20 ppg this year.

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