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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: Perry Ellis to sign with KU Wednesday

Texas center Zach Peters to wait; Bill Self says Jayhawks still looking to fill out class

Basketball recruit Perry Ellis signed a national letter of intent with Kansas on Wednesday.

Basketball recruit Perry Ellis signed a national letter of intent with Kansas on Wednesday.

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Wichita Heights senior standout Perry Ellis will sign a letter of intent with Kansas University today, the first day of the weeklong fall signing period.

Zach Peters, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound center from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will wait until a banquet Monday to sign his KU letter.

The 6-8, 220-pound Ellis, who is ranked No. 24 in the country by Rivals.com, orally committed to KU on Sept 22. He chose the Jayhawks over Kansas State, Wichita State and Kentucky. The three-time state Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 22.1 points and 7.9 rebounds a game a year ago. He’ll sign at an 8 a.m. ceremony at his high school.

Peters, who is ranked No. 144, committed to KU on April 21, 2010. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds a game last season. A wide receiver for his school’s football team, Peters has 42 catches for 549 yards and nine touchdowns for the 7-2 Lions.

KU coach Bill Self cannot comment on the individual recruits until KU receives signed letters of intent.

He did speak on recruiting in general after Tuesday’s victory over Fort Hays State.

“What happens tomorrow isn’t certainly an indication of what’s going to happen during the early signing period because I don’t know if we’re going to sign all our guys tomorrow,” Self said. “But we still have a chance to have a very good recruiting class. We obviously have missed out on a couple guys that certainly we felt would be difference-makers. I do think there’s other guys out there. Certainly we’re on top of those guys.

“Recruiting is a never-ending deal,” he added. “Several of the key players in this class aren’t going to sign early. We’ll still continue to recruit some guys.”

KU most recently lost No. 20-rated center Kaleb Tarczewski to Arizona. Earlier, J’Mychal Reese picked Texas A&M;, Ioannis Papapetrou selected Texas, and Marcus Smart tapped Oklahoma State. Recruits that remain available include No. 56 Andrew White, 6-6 from Miller School in Chester, Va. KU will have two scholarships left to award if Thomas Robinson, as expected, turns pro after the season. KU would have three to give if Justin Wesley returned to walk-on status. He is on scholarship this year after transferring from Lamar as a walk-on.

KU sophomore guard Niko Roberts (one point, two rebounds, five minutes) played with a mask Tuesday to protect a broken nose.

“He looks like Jason from ‘Halloween,’” Self said.

KU football tight end A.J. Steward, 6-foot-3, 233-pound senior from St. Louis, was asked Tuesday about the possibility of playing basketball second semester at KU. Steward was recruited to KU as a quarterback and played basketball at Riverview Gardens High School.

“You know, after the season if coach Self gave me a call or an e-mail or something about the basketball team, I would definitely try it out. I love basketball. I love any sport. If any coach at the University of Kansas asked me to play a sport, I would definitely try it,” he said.

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KU has won 39 straight exhibition games dating to 1995. ... KU is 8-0 versus Fort Hays, including 5-0 in exhibition games.

Comments

jchief40 10 years, 6 months ago

For once Self is wrong. I believe that would be Michael Meyers, Bill. "Jason" was Friday the 13th.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 6 months ago

No, no, coach Self is not wrong. Don't you understand that "names" don't mean anything. They are just labels. Created by folks that don't know as much as coach Self. Coach Self has seen these movies, he goes and watches them, so does his staff. When coach Self said "Jason", he meant the guy in the mask. Halloween might have been a three star movie, and Friday the 13th a four star movie ... but the stars don't matter. Who gives those stars, anyway? Fools. See, if coach Self says the guy in Halloween is Jason, then it must be true. A lot of this is subjective. Others have it wrong. You must ignore the objective evidence, and trust coach Self. Jason was in Halloween. You just don't get it.

kufaninmo 10 years, 6 months ago

(it was when he was counting how many conference titles KU would get)

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 6 months ago

Concerned present day about the future talent pool...as excited as i am about Ellis seems like again we missed out on the majority of the quality targets.

selfishhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. Someone else said, but I will say it again: Keegan and company need to at least ask Self why he thinks we are struggling lately in recruiting. Self doesn't owe me bunk, but I think the fans would lay off a bit if he gave us a reasonable explanation.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 6 months ago

"A.J. Steward, 6-foot-3, 233-pound senior from St. Louis, was asked Tuesday about the possibility of playing basketball second semester at KU. "

233 lbs! He has more lbs than Withey, I think! In fact, he would be near the top of the roster in lbs, ht. not-withstanding. Collins-esque?

Justin Daniel 10 years, 6 months ago

Andrew White appears to be leaning toward Georgetown now. ESPN has his interest level in their program as high, without even taking a visit. Not a good sign, especially if they get him on campus. This year appears to be a repeat of last years recruiting disappointments.

Justin Daniel 10 years, 6 months ago

Andrew White appears to be leaning toward Georgetown now. ESPN has his interest level in their program as high, without even taking a visit. Not a good sign, especially if they get him on campus. This year appears to be a repeat of last years recruiting disappointments.

Clarkeee22 10 years, 6 months ago

Tell me this A.J. Steward thing is a joke? Haha there are like 10 guys that play daily at the rec center at KU that would be a better help to the team than him. Yeah let's throw a football guy out there who is not that talented, doesn't even stand out athletically on OUR football team, and goes out of control on a basketball court. Maybe we will get lucky and he can tear T-Rob ACL. Dumb idea and I doubt Self comes calling. He can stick to getting beat in Intramurals, which is a good sign he has no need playing D1bball.

Jack Wilson 10 years, 6 months ago

Do you forget Mr. Normore?

My experiences at Robinson were that the best players there were many of the football players. Perhaps time has changed that. I doubt it.

Would prefer a 6'6" offensive tackle, or D-end, to play 4 or 5 minutes here and there, snag a few fouls, inflict some damage as an alternative to the skinny guys off the bench, or on the floor (Withey). Filling perhaps the projected Jamari Traylor role. Remember the huge dude on Memphis' '08 bench?

Yes, yes, I know Jaybate .. this was your idea. Consider this my citation to the proper authority.

Alohahawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Mahalo (thanks) for signing, Mr. Ellis. It's nice to know you are so anxious to officially become a Jayhawk that you sign on the first day available. It lets HCBS comment that much quicker to us fans about his high expectations for you. Can't wait to start rooting for you when you start playing.

Best of luck during your senior year in high school. Hope you can win another state championship, and garner another (fourth year in a row) award as Kansas Gator Aid Player of the Year.

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