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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ellis, Garrett named to academic all-Big 12 first team

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) drives against Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) drives against Iowa State forward Dustin Hogue (22) during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis has been on a tear lately, becoming the go-to guy for the KU offense and putting up big numbers while shooting a terrific percentage.

On the court, however, is not the only place that Ellis has been locked in.

Wednesday morning the Big 12 Conference announced that Ellis and KU senior Christian Garrett, a walk-on, both had been named to the academic all-Big 12 first team.

Kansas leads the Big 12 with 52 all-time academic all-Big 12 honorees (39 first-team, 13 second-team) since the inception of the conference in 1996-97. Texas is second with 48. Current KU coach Bill Self has placed 29 players on the Academic All-Big 12 during his time in charge of the program.

Ellis has earned academic all-Big 12 honors during each of his three seasons with the Jayhawks. He was named to the academic all-Big 12 rookie team in 2013 and earned second-team honors last season. In addition, the Wichita native has been a member of the athletic directors and Big 12 Commissioner honor rolls four times during his KU career.

Garrett's inclusion on this year's academic all-Big 12 marks the first time in his career that the Los Angeles guard has been honored by the conference. Like Ellis, Garrett also has been on the athletic directors and Big 12 Commissioner honor rolls every semester he has been at Kansas.

In order to land a spot on the first team, athletes must have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, with the second-team selections holding GPAs in the 3.00-3.19 range.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Comments

Clara Westphal 4 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations to both young men. It is nice to have true student/aththletes.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 2 months ago

Very proud and happy for Ellis, Garrett and KU BBall. With 3.0 as a minimum to participate, I'm surprised we did not get more, such as, Tyler Self, Evan Manning, and Landan Lucus. Perhaps next year they can make it along with Mykailiuk and Graham.

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

Aren't you the same person that called Perry Ellis a "mental midget"? Your congrats means as much as the KSU president's "apology."

Benz Junque 4 years, 2 months ago

There really is no context where that doesn't suck.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Garrett would be eligible this year, because Sr's don't have to meet the participation requirement. Tyler and Evan aren't Sr's and don't meet the participation requirement.

Allison Steen 4 years, 2 months ago

I clicked on the article hoping i didn't see the "you only need a 3.00, why don't we have more players?" comment. bummer.

Yonatan Negash 4 years, 2 months ago

Proud of Ellis.

The young man is doing big things on and off the court.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations to Perry.

Wasn't he a 4.0 valedictorian in HS?

What are the chances he is our next national academic POTY? Wasn't that what Cole received his Jr yr?

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