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April 13, 2015
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self speaks with the media following KU's team banquet, where junior forward Perry Ellis announced his decision to return for his senior season as a Jayhawk.
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Now this is the kind of news that we should be hearing from the student-athletes.
Let me be the first to congratulate you on h your decision to continue your service to the University of Kansas and your desire to complete your education. You are a fine example of what there needs to be a lot more of. I am certain that your efforts will result in your success both in professional basketball (if you desire) and beyond when you will no longer desire or will be able to be a professional athlete.
Education is most important to anyone, and it pains me to see these "one-year-wonders" in the basketball program of the University of Kansas. The future of these individuals is cloudy given that they will be able to work for only a few years as a professional athlete and the "big bucks".
Congratulations on your decision and good luck with you future with the IU team and later in life with a good education!
Well said to be sure Fred. What Perry Ellis will have that the "one and done" crowd will not have is the ability to chart his own course. Whether it starts in professional athletics or in the business arena he truly will have the world as his oyster. It is so sad to see so many of his peers not do the work that allows them the choice and the insurance of being able to chart their own course no matter what the future may bring. Perry has always been a class act and many college athletes could sure learn quite a bit from men like Mr. Ellis. I am so proud to have gentlemen like him playing for the team that I have loved since my father brought me to games 46 years ago. Thanks for everything that you have done and will do for the University of Kansas sir.
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