Perry Ellis will wear 'precautionary' knee brace rest of season

Forward expected to be near 100 percent by start of NCAAs

Kansas guard Brannen Greene, left, and forward Perry Ellis walk off the court behind assistant coach Norm Roberts after the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Norman. Neither player played in the game. Greene was suspended for the game and Ellis was injured

Kansas guard Brannen Greene, left, and forward Perry Ellis walk off the court behind assistant coach Norm Roberts after the Jayhawks 75-73 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Norman. Neither player played in the game. Greene was suspended for the game and Ellis was injured

Monday, March 9, 2015

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis will wear a knee brace in practice and games the rest of the season to protect his sprained right knee, coach Bill Self said Monday.

“For precautionary measures,” Self said.

The 6-foot-8 junior forward suffered the sprain in the first half of an overtime win over West Virginia on March 3 and sat out the rest of the game. He also missed Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma.

“Perry did some things today, non-contact. It basically doesn’t mean he’s close to being ready. It doesn’t mean he’s not close to being ready,” Self said on his Hawk Talk radio show. “There are some things they (medical staff) wanted to see him do before he’s re-evaluated (Tuesday). Hopefully we’ll get good news and he can press forward on that.

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“He certainly feels good. He looked good in what he did. Most of it was straight-line running,” Self added.

Ellis is questionable for Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal against either TCU or Kansas State (1:30 p.m., Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Missouri).

“If he can’t go full speed by Wednesday, we’re not going to play him Thursday. He’s got to go full speed before we’ll play him. I don’t think there’s anything holding him out mentally right now,” Self said.

“I think he’ll be close to 100 percent by the NCAA Tournament. This weekend, I won’t play him if he doesn’t feel very, very good. If he doesn’t feel he can play 100 percent, there’s no reason to put him out there this weekend,” Self added of the Big 12 tournament.