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Friday, March 13, 2015

Self: Perry Ellis back in KU starting lineup against Baylor

KU coach said Ellis looked good in morning workout

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Injured KU forward Perry Ellis will return to the court against Baylor in Friday's Big 12 tournament semifinal game, KU coach Bill Self said during pregame interviews.

Ellis, who has missed the Jayhawks' last two games with a knee injury, will likely replace Jamari Traylor in the starting lineup, Self said. It's possible Landen Lucas will start, but he's been also battling an assortment of hip and knee injuries.

"He's going to play," Self said of Ellis. "He could have played yesterday (against TCU). That was more my call than his. Today it was his call. He said, 'Coach, I'm ready, let's do this.' We'll probably start him, get him out there and see how he feels right off the bat. He seems excited. He looked good in workouts this morning."

Of Lucas, Self said: "I thought Landen gave us some great minutes (vs. TCU). We throw him into a starting position. He plays 33 minutes (at Oklahoma, 24 vs. TCU). His body is worn out right now. He came up big for us."

KU plays Baylor at 6 p.m. Friday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Comments

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

Perry and Jamari are the keys tonight. They have the skills to destroy Baylor's zone defense when they get the ball in the high post.

Adam James 4 years, 3 months ago

KU SPORTS staff.....Do we know if this is with or without the knee brace

Jeff Kilgore 4 years, 3 months ago

Good Q. Played with a brace in high school. Sucks.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 3 months ago

Already said earlier this week he's wearing a knee brace the rest of the season.

Dale Kroening 4 years, 3 months ago

HCBS said he would be wearing the brace the rest of the season for precautionary measures although I didnt expect him to play without it in the Big12 tourney.

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