Duke Showing Interest In Ellis

A relative new comer to the recruiting board, this five star combo forward is one to watch.

As the spring AAU season winds down, five-star power forward Perry Ellis remains one of the most sought after players in the country. Ellis recently spoke to The Devil's Den about the latest in his recruitment at the Best Buy Classic outside of Chicago.

While Ellis, ranked No. 19 overall in the 2012 class, lists offers from Kansas State, Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky and Oklahoma, he has recently received interest from Duke.

"I'm talking to Duke now," Ellis said.

The recent recruitment of Ellis can be attributed in large part to new assistant coach Jeff Capel. Capel built a relationship with Ellis during Capel's time as head coach at Oklahoma, and the contact has continued with the new position at Duke.

"We had a good relationship when he was at OU," Ellis said of Capel. "I really liked him so I mean it'll be good. I just wanna check it out and see if (Duke) is for me."

Ellis acknowledged that the two have corresponded recently.

"(Capel) called not too long ago and we email sometimes, so we talk," Perry said.

While Capel has been the point-man in the recruitment of Ellis, the Blue Devils showed they were serious in their interest with a recent phone call to Perry from Coach K.

"I talked to Coach K. It was good," Ellis said. "He told me what he thought about me. He said he saw me like a Grant Hill type of player or Shane Battier. That's what he told me."

Duke has yet to offer the Wichita, Kansas native, but if they were to do so, Ellis stated that he would be interested.

"I feel like Duke is a good school," Ellis said. "It has a lot of history and (Coach K) is one of the best coaches ever."

While a decision is not likely to come from Ellis anytime soon, he does have some factors in mind when deciding on a future school.

"Being comfortable, game style, coach and people on the team (are important)," Ellis said. "(I really want) people on my team that I really know and would like to play with. It's just where I feel comfortable. If I feel comfortable somewhere far or feel comfortable somewhere close then that is where I'll go."

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