Ever since he entered high school, Perry Ellis has been a much talked about player in the state of Kansas. When at KU, it is very important to keep all the local talent home if at all possible. While Kansas produces its share of good players, the state isn't always dripping with elite level talent.
Now with Ellis as a top 35 prospect, Kansas has a player that they hope will get the ball rolling in their class. Already Kansas failed to make the cut for Mitch McGary, missed on Marcus Smart, and is seemingly on the outside looking in for Shabazz Muhammad as well as Jarnell Stokes.
With that the Jayhawks class was relying solely on three-star power forward Zach Peters. Peters, who is a solid prospect, is a nice role player, but at Kansas the expectations are Final Fours and championships, and a guy like Ellis is needed to reach those lofty goals.
Also in the process of getting Ellis, Kansas had to beat out Kansas State and Kentucky. Beating both for a highly sought after prospect was very important. In beating KSU, Kansas continued to show that it can be the biggest fish in the state, especially since the Jayhawks failed to make the cut for fellow in-state prospect Willie Cauley. In beating UK, the Jayhawks went head-to-head with a school that is as hot as any in recruiting and won the battle.
That alone should be enough to put some Kansas fans at ease who were beginning to wonder when the Jayhawks were going to land an elite level player.
While Self and his staff still have some work to do, namely landing Kaleb Tarczewski, this is a very good start for the program to get the ball rolling in this class. Now with Ellis and Peters in the fold, Kansas still has at minimum three more scholarships to give in the class.
If indeed Kansas can beat out Arizona for Tarczewski, which is a complete battle right now, the frontcourt would look good, and that should be attractive for some guards who are looking at immediate playing time with bigs down low who can make you look good.
It is too early right now to say that Kansas will once again pull a rabbit out of their hat and end up with a top 10 class, but landing Ellis was as close to a must get as possible considering his skill set, the position he plays, and his standing in the state.