Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Perry Ellis both consistent and efficient in scoring department

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets in for a bucket past West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) and forward Esa Ahmad (23) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) gets in for a bucket past West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) and forward Esa Ahmad (23) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis, who hit seven of nine shots in Tuesday’s 75-65 victory over West Virginia, has cashed 26 of his last 34 attempts over three games.

That’s 76.5-percent marksmanship.

“Just in practice getting a lot of shots and getting game shots in,” Ellis said of the key to his hot streak. “Teammates feeding me, just trying to attack. They are falling.”

Ellis poured in a game-high 21 points Tuesday. He was one of two from three and six of seven from the line.

“He’s doing everything he has to, coming in early all the time (at practice), putting in the work, putting up shots,” said KU senior forward Jamari Traylor. “It’s what he does, being efficient.”

As far as Ellis’ practice habits, Traylor added: “He comes a little bit earlier than the other guys. By the time I’m getting in the gym, he’s in there getting up shots. Before a game, before practice, it’s what he does.”

Traylor continued: “He’s shooting from everywhere. He’s starting out closer, getting in midrange, going side to side.

“He’s our go-to guy. Mr Consistent. That’s all I can say. he’s playing great,” Traylor added.

Of Ellis, coach Bill Self said: “He’s been very efficient and consistent. He’s been a rock for four years. He’s stellar. It’s hard to find any faults with a kid who conducts himself as he does.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 75, West Virginia 65

By the Numbers: Kansas 75, West Virginia 65


Janet Olin 6 years, 4 months ago

Perry has improved his game every season for four years, is humble, hard-working, and consistent. He is also cerebral, values his education. If he isn't the poster child of ideal 'student athlete', I don't know who is. A pleasure to watch play and a great ambassador of the university.

Chris Shaw 6 years, 4 months ago

I can't imagine how much his game would have risen further had he just had 2 seasons with consistency at the 5 spot. Outside of his frosh year with Withey and Young, Ellis never went the entire season playing along side someone consistently.

-Black and Embiid and then Embiid got hurt

-Lucas and Alexander and Traylor and then Alexander go suspended.

-this year it's just been inconsistent the whole year at the 5 spot, but we are finally seeing some "Role"s (Good or Bad) finally taking shape the last few games.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 4 months ago

You know Huggins has a great point about retiring Ellis' number. If he plays out the season like his past half dozen games, he should be on the short list for All-American consideration.

Even if he does not get the AA honor, KU should seriously consider retiring his number. Ellis now has 1,563 points. Assuming things play out as hoped, he's likely to pass on the scoring list a bunch of KU greats like, including Paul Pierce (1,768), who is 205 points ahead of him in the 8th spot.

Seriously, even if Ellis gets robbed by the All-American selection groups, making the top 10 list of All-Time KU Scorers should earn his jersey a place on the ceiling. That's not even taking into account all the other great things about Ellis as a person!

Doug Clark 6 years, 4 months ago

Totally agree Suzi, I sometimes get frustrated with him for not being as aggressive or playing with more emotion, but he has been so consistent on such an inconsistent team I value his contributions. I realize he is not a rah rah guy and that's fine because he doesn't get to high or to low which is probably why his play has been so consistent and he has been more aggressive lately so that's a good sign. I have seen him dunk more recently than he ever has and I think that lifts the team up, he is such a quick and good leaper I am glad he is taking it up stronger lately.

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