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Monday, March 9, 2015

Perry Ellis will wear ‘precautionary’ knee brace rest of season

Forward expected to be near 100 percent by start of NCAAs

Kansas guard Brannen Greene, left, and forward Perry Ellis walk off the court behind assistant coach Norm Roberts after the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Norman. Neither player played in the game. Greene was suspended for the game and Ellis was injured

Kansas guard Brannen Greene, left, and forward Perry Ellis walk off the court behind assistant coach Norm Roberts after the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Norman. Neither player played in the game. Greene was suspended for the game and Ellis was injured

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Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis will wear a knee brace in practice and games the rest of the season to protect his sprained right knee, coach Bill Self said Monday.

“For precautionary measures,” Self said.

The 6-foot-8 junior forward suffered the sprain in the first half of an overtime win over West Virginia on March 3 and sat out the rest of the game. He also missed Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma.

“Perry did some things today, non-contact. It basically doesn’t mean he’s close to being ready. It doesn’t mean he’s not close to being ready,” Self said on his Hawk Talk radio show. “There are some things they (medical staff) wanted to see him do before he’s re-evaluated (Tuesday). Hopefully we’ll get good news and he can press forward on that.

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“He certainly feels good. He looked good in what he did. Most of it was straight-line running,” Self added.

Ellis is questionable for Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal against either TCU or Kansas State (1:30 p.m., Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri).

“If he can’t go full speed by Wednesday, we’re not going to play him Thursday. He’s got to go full speed before we’ll play him. I don’t think there’s anything holding him out mentally right now,” Self said.

“I think he’ll be close to 100 percent by the NCAA Tournament. This weekend, I won’t play him if he doesn’t feel very, very good. If he doesn’t feel he can play 100 percent, there’s no reason to put him out there this weekend,” Self added of the Big 12 tournament.

Comments

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 9 months ago

Perry’s knee, Wayne’s ankle, Cliff’s legal issues and all right before the tournament. I’m not feeling good about this team.

Len Shaffer 6 years, 9 months ago

I wasn't feeling that good about the team even before all of this happened. The one thing that gives me some hope is that sometimes teams rise to the occasion under this type of adversity and play better.

Herb Derpson 6 years, 9 months ago

Welp lets just pack it in until next year then. No reason to play anymore.

Roger Ortega 6 years, 9 months ago

Really guys? You're THAT pessimistic about our team? "Pack it in until next year"?

Did you miss the last two games? Did you see the comeback in Lawrence where we lost Perry halfway through the game, lost Selden for a bit & didn't have Cliff? Did you see how close we played OU IN NORMAN without Perry, Cliff or Greene and mind you Selden's ankle was sore then, probably more so then, than now? We'll get Perry back but until then it's gonna do our team some good to get our bench some PT. To be honest Hunter played harder than Cliff has most of this year and the same can be said about Lucas. We need to utilize our big guys and get our 3 shot back. I'm actually looking forward to see our bench step up if and when called upon. ROCK CHALK!

Scott MacWilliams 6 years, 9 months ago

Frankly, my dear, I like it when things look a little ragged on paper. Everyone was saying we didn't have a chance going into OU, and we nearly zapped them a good one.

I like it when we are supposedly 'down' or shorthanded. We have a strong crew that has been biding their time on the bench, waiting for this moment.

Let Perry rest that knee as long as needed, and he'll be that much stronger, everyone else will be that much more confident, and we'll be that much more dangerous!!

Rock Chalk!!

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