Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Perry Ellis named second-team All-American by AP

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) powers home a dunk before the Kansas State defense during the second half, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis (34) powers home a dunk before the Kansas State defense during the second half, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.


Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis’ productive final season with the Jayhawks garnered him second-team All-America status from the Associated Press.

KU’s leading scorer during a 33-5 campaign, Ellis averaged 16.9 points a game, made 53.1 percent of his shots form the field and connected on 28 of 64 three-pointers (43.8 percent) to cap his four-year career, during which he scored 1,798 points — making him the eighth-leading scorer in program history.

Landing on the first team, ahead of Ellis, were four seniors — Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson and Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon — as well as sophomore Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis.

Seven-foot sophomore Jakob Poeltl, of Utah, led the second team with 41 first-team votes. Ellis and Poeltl were joined by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, Providence junior Kris Dunn and Iowa State senior Georges Niang.

The third team consists of Grayson Allen of Duke, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell of Indiana, Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa, Kay Felder of Oakland and Jamal Murray of Kentucky.

The voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.

Selected by the AP Top 25 panel of media voters, Ellis is appearing on the AP All-America Team for the second-straight season having earned honorable mention honors in 2014-15.

A two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, Ellis scored 20 or more points in three of his final four games and seven of his last nine contests. The Wichita forward led Kansas in scoring at 16.9 ppg and was second in rebounding at 5.9 rpg. Ellis posted 16 games or 20 or more points this season and averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 rebounds during Big 12 play. His 16.9 points per game rank third in the Big 12 and Ellis also is among the league leaders in field goal percentage (fourth at 53.1), free throw percentage (eighth at 73.5) and rebounds (11th).

Ellis finished 12th on the KU career rebounding list at 834. His 16 career double-doubles tied for 13th all-time in Kansas history. Ellis is only the fifth player in KU history to rank in the top 12 in both scoring and rebounding, joining Danny Manning (2,951 points/1,187 rebounds), Nick Collison (2,097 / 1,143), Raef LaFrentz (2,066 / 1,186) and Clyde Lovellette (1,979 / 839).


Clara Westphal 6 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, Perry. You will always be 1st team in the Jayhawk Nation.

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 6 months ago

Perry should be on the first team. They have 4 guards and Brice Johnson. It's not Perry's fault the voters can't decide which one to leave off. But a team has 2 post positions. One of those belongs to Perry or Niang.

Scott Smetana 6 years, 6 months ago

Bummer for Ellis. I think if we had beaten Villanova and he had a decent game, he would have made 1st team over Brogden, Ulis, and maybe even arguably over Johnson. With 1st team on his resume, I think he was a lock to have his name hung in Allen Field House. Now I'm not so sure.

Scott Smetana 6 years, 6 months ago

Really? Wow. I'm happy if you're right, I thought Ellis had missed out.
The voters should really include the first rounds of the tourney when it's crunch time.

Mike Riches 6 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations to Perry! A very well-deserved honor!

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations Perry! Well deserved and know for this Jayhawk fan, no one game will ever change my opinion of how great a player and representative of Kansas you are. Kudos to you!

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