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Friday, September 20, 2019

Perry Ellis to join KU staff as video coordinator

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) catches a pass in the paint before Connecticut forward Shonn Miller (32) during the first half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) catches a pass in the paint before Connecticut forward Shonn Miller (32) during the first half on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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As former All-Big 12 basketball forward Perry Ellis works toward completing his undergraduate degree, he knows he has a job waiting for him.

Jayhawks head coach Bill Self announced Friday evening that Ellis, a double-digit scorer for KU just three years ago, will join the basketball staff as a video coordinator once Ellis completes a sports management internship for his degree.

After suffering a knee injury this past summer, Ellis, a Wichita native, looked into returning to Lawrence to both rehabilitate and work on his degree.

“This opened up a cool opportunity for me,” Ellis stated in a KU release.

Self said Ellis’ internship hours should be completed “in the next month.”

Upon going undrafted in 2016, Ellis played professional basketball in the NBA’s G-League, as well as in Australia, Italy, Germany and Turkey.

Earlier this year, he joined other former KU players on the Self Made entry in The Basketball Tournament. A few minutes into a TBT game, Ellis injured his knee. Prior to that, Ellis had planned to play in Japan this coming season.

“Getting injured was God showing me a different path,” Ellis said, “preparing me for the future and to grow stronger as a person.”

From 2013-16, Ellis averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds during his four-year career, which included 144 appearances and 109 starts.

Ellis currently ranks ninth on the program’s all-time scoring list, with 1,798 career points. He was a consensus second-team All-American as a senior, when he averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds and KU reached the Elite Eight.