Perry Ellis talks NBA Summer League experience and his future


After spending a few weeks in early July playing for the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team, former Kansas basketball star Perry Ellis describes how his first few months as a professional have been different than his college experience.

“It’s different, you know,” Ellis says. “Everybody’s fighting for a job. When I got the opportunity, I tried to make the most of it when I was out there…

“It’s just all a process,” Ellis adds. “I just want to keep working and just keep fighting and try to get a place.”

Undrafted out of KU, Ellis, doesn’t have an NBA contract. Nor has he officially received an invitation to be a part of an organization’s training camp.

According to the four-year Kansas standout, he will weigh his options in the weeks ahead. Ellis says one possible path could be playing overseas.


Jay Scott 6 years, 2 months ago

Perry is a wonderful human being. He has no shot at playing in the NBA.

Greg Lux 6 years, 2 months ago

Sadly I have to agree with you. All the best Perry whatever you end up doing I know you will be successful, just not at the level of basketball we all hoped you could achieve back when you were a freshman. You will always be a star here at Kansas. Rock Chalk Mr. Jayhawk...

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 2 months ago

The NBA doesn't have to be the "be all, end all." Go overseas and make some good money while you can. See the world. Learn all or parts of other languages. Nothing expands your vision of life and the world like spending time overseas in other cultures. Many of us guys who spend time blogging and talking smack on this website can only dream of playing basketball overseas for good money during our 20's. There is a good chance you might meet a girl or two. Somewhere between Jay's comment that you are a wonderful human being and a chance to be on an NBA roster (bench,) is a whole lot of living and life education. And decent money. You'll always be a celebrity in Kansas for the rest of your life. Go, dude.

Jay Scott 6 years, 2 months ago

Keith Langford has much wisdom about having a good life without the NBA...

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 2 months ago

Spend a year in the D-League and see if an opportunity presents itself, and then head overseas after the 2017 Summer League season if nothing happens by that point.

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