Monday, March 2, 2015

Perry Ellis named Big 12’s top player for third time this season

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) heads to the bucket against Texas center Cameron Ridley (55) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) heads to the bucket against Texas center Cameron Ridley (55) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Given his recent tear, Kansas University junior Perry Ellis had to be an easy pick for this week’s Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita averaged a double-double — 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds — this past week, as his Jayhawks lost at Kansas State and beat Texas at home.

Ellis hit 10 of his 16 shots at K-State, grabbed nine rebounds and procured two steals. He finished the week even stronger, with his seventh double-double of the season — 28 points and 13 rebounds — versus UT.

This marks the third time this season Ellis has earned the weekly award.


Dale Koch 7 years, 2 months ago

You're the MAN Perry! Way to go and I also say your are Big XII POY!!!!!

Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

Gosh...and to think that just a couple of weeks ago Perry was being maligned by his own fan base as too soft, with some people suggesting he wasn't good for our team. Now he's elevated to B12POTY candidacy?

Here's what causes the discrepancy. Too often we look at performance from game-to-game, rather than considering the season as a whole. If you do the latter, it is clear Perry has been solid throughout the course of the season. The elevated performance that results from his recent aggressiveness is an extension of that observation (that is to say Perry has DEMONSTRATED the capability to be who he is now during the course of the season), so that consideration for first team is now warranted and doesn't make too great demands upon our credulity.

We have to stop being so hard on players who have off nights here and there. This includes Mason, Oubre, and perhaps Greene; whereas I think Selden's performance not only needs to be more consistent but have greater impact. Cliff has underperformed similarly to Selden (in terms of both, that is).

Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

A couple of points:

When a player slumps, normally it's something psychological going on. To have a team slump, however, means that many individuals get into that funk at the same time, which seems to be less likely to do. But I can't argue that teams do, in fact, experience stretches of bad games. It seems to me that when a team slumps, that's a coaching issue.

The second point relates to the article that I suppose you cited. In fairness, it was not said that we were not talented as a team; rather, that the talent level we had compared to other teams might have prevented us from successfully repeating as champions of the conference:

"Has it ever occurred to anybody that maybe, just maybe, this Kansas University basketball team doesn’t have enough talent to win the Big 12 title?...By that I don’t mean talented potential. I mean players good enough to compete well in the Big 12 right now."

To be fair, without Perry Ellis this team is even worse that the statement gives us credit for. But notice the words, " compete well in the Big 12 right now." What is so special about the present? Well for one thing, this is the best the Big 12 has ever been. So when you're comparing to Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma on the first line, followed by teams like OSU, underperforming but dangerous Texas, upset-minded Kansas State, and a TCU team who is playing pretty well, one can judge that the talent needed to overcome the odds is difficult for any team.

But let's not forget that, despite knocking on the door of yet another conference championship, this Kansas team has been historically bad compared to other Bill Self-coached teams. To make the statement, Tom could not have been judging from a single game here or there, which is the mistake that I find some of us often do.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

The immediate talent part is big. When someone was calling this the worst team in 25 years, I flat out told them the 1999-2000 team that finished 5th in the Big 12 and was an 8 seed in the NCAA tournament was the worst KU team in the past 25 years. Their response was that because that team had one of the best freshmen classes ever (Gooden, Collison, and Hinrich) so that automatically made that team not worst.

That team was even ranked all but 1 week during the season too so it wasn't a bad team by normal standards. But a 5th place finish in conference play and an 8 seed in the NCAA tournament are both the worst performances by a KU team in the last 25 years. The 10 losses is also tied for the most in that time frame. The 1998-99 team could also realistically be the worst KU team of the past 25 years.

This team could arguably be a bottom 5 team of the past 25 years, but a team that has been in the top 10 for most of the year and appears set to wrap up at least a share of a conference title in the next couple of nights being one of the 5 worst teams of the past 25 years speaks volumes about how successful KU basketball has been under Roy and Bill.

Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

Aaron, I agree. It is absolutely ASTOUNDING to me that Kansas has been so statistically bad in so many areas, and yet we have remained a top 8-12 team all season long. How in God's name? It isnt true that there is no character on this team. Theyve played a difficult schedule and performed well, and to do that you have to have some self-identity. Not to mention the fact that we sit atop the Big 12 during its strongest showing from top to bottom. It boggles my mind how we have achieved despite our performance.

Tyler Capone 7 years, 2 months ago

I think Buddy Hield should win it personally. Ellis should be considered, though.

Nathan Scholl 7 years, 2 months ago

It's a shame that Perry isn't a candidate for the Wooden Award and other awards this season. I suppose he's a victim of a TEAM that has too many pieces AND a slow start to his increasingly impressive play. Very proud of Perry's resilience this season and steady improvement even in the wake of a ton of criticism. Solid young man and player. Rock Chalk!!!

Joseph Bullock 7 years, 2 months ago

Yep, the fair weather fans are back on the Perry Ellis band wagon, again. What bothers me most, is people have tunnel vision. Perry had a solid 2nd half in the WV game, he just missed a shot, in which Staten cut in front of him, messing up his footwork, and also swiped at the ball, which threw all of his timing off (and it was not a layup)! One missed shot, and people wanted to get rid of Perry! Talk about idiots!!! We should not have been in that position, at the end of the WV game, and without Perry, we would not have even been in the game! Now, about Perry being inconsistent, do people actually watch the games? Do people who criticize actually know basketball? Perry has been double teamed (and a lot of the time, triple teamed), all year long. Every team has made a concerted effort, first and foremost, to not let Perry Ellis beat them! Perry is playing without much offensive help, on the interior, and he takes a physical beating, every game! Oh, and there is this: Our guards are finally realizing that they need to play through Perry, and they are finally getting better angles, to make entry passes to him! PS: Did anyone see the Cleveland/Houston, game? Did anyone notice, LaBron James, who is arguably, still the best player on the Planet, miss several easy shots at the end of the game, and go 3 for 11 from the free throw line, including missing 2 free throws, while being down by one point, in the last minute of the game? Players are human, and our young men, are still just in College, and they are usually just 18 to 22 years old. Be loyal and true fans, and appreciate these kids while we have them at Kansas. And as far as Perry going Pro, none of us know the answer to that, and those who don't think he could, or should leave, remember how well he did in those Pro Style camps over the summer, with great Praise from KD, LaBron, and John Lucas, and many others! And hope when he is weighing the scale on that decision, that he doesn't put to much thought into those who were so critical, mean, and nasty, to him! Rock Chalk, Ellis Hawk!

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