Perry Ellis: I think the summer has gone real well for us a team, I felt like I was personally able to show the coaches that I was capable of doing a lot of different things for my team.
Are you the type to think about the coaches lining the sidelines watching you play, or are you more focused on the on the court match-up?
I try not to think too much about the coaches being there. I think I'm really used to it now since the coaches have been going to my games since my freshman year.
I'm sure the coaches recruiting you are making sure you know that they are there somehow. Who are the guys that you really notice when they're on the sidelines?
I know for me the coaches I've noticed standing on the sidelines are from schools like Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Kentucky, Duke, Wichita State and others.
What are the coaches like from those schools?
Well, I talk with a lot of the head coaches, but also assistants too. The big thing with all the coaches for the schools that I have picked for my list is that none of them nag me about things. They know that I want to be comfortable in whatever decision I make.
What are the things that you have learned about the coaches that maybe the average basketball fan doesn't know?
Well, each guy is so different, and it's hard to compare them. For example, Coach Self, he's just real laid back when he talks with me, he doesn't nag me about things, he's just himself. With Coach Martin from Kansas State, he's really different from what you see on TV, I was surprised at how much he listens to his players off the court, he's just totally different off the court than on it. Coach Pastner, I've known him for a long time, he's been recruiting me since the 8th grade, and he's his own person too, real different.
You've used the phrase, "not nagging you" several times so far. What does that mean to you?
I think the big thing is that I just want to be comfortable when I make my decision, so none of the coaches talk down about other programs that are recruiting me, they recruit with class.
Aside from recruiting style, what are the big deals to you when it comes to evaluating schools?
I think comfort level is the most important factor and that includes I want to know the coaches real well, what kind of players are there, who they are as people, what kind of system they run, that kind of thing, I just want to have a comfort level with the school I decide to go to.
What is your comfort zone like with a school like Duke, who hasn't been recruiting you for as long as schools like Kansas and Memphis and others?
Well, I'm not as familiar with Duke as a program, but I do know Coach Capel real well and I've gotten to talk with Coach K now as well, that's been really great.
How do you feel about them since they are the newcomer to your recruitment?
To be honest, it's an honor to be recruited by Duke and Coach K. With all the stuff he's done at Duke as a coach and also with Team USA, I just can't describe it, I really want to get down there to check it out more.
What's the transition like for you in your relationship with Coach Capel now that he's an assistant coach at Duke as opposed to being the Head Coach at Oklahoma?
The thing is, it's not a big transition because I've known him for so long, and he actually talked about Duke a bit when he was at Oklahoma. With him having gone to Duke as a player, he talked with me a bit about his experience as a player there, and I know that Duke didn't recruit me hard while he was coaching at Oklahoma because they don't go against each other like that when it comes to recruiting.
What have the conversations with Coach K centered around?
We've talked about a lot of different things. We talked about how I would fit into the program in all aspects, he actually compared me to Grant Hill as a player, said I'm real versatile like he was. We also talked a lot about Team USA too.
What did you guys talk about when it came to Team USA?
Man, he had some cool stories from a coaching point of view of getting to coach guys like LeBron and Kevin Durant, he talked a lot about how great those players are and how much an honor it was to coach them.
Switching gears, what do you think is a good fit for you in terms of style of play?
I think up-tempo bit mixed in is good for offense, and on defense, I can do many different things, so I'm comfortable in a variety of styles on defense.
How about at your position? Do you look at who schools have had in the past at your position, or do you focus more on playing style?
I focus more on playing style. I feel like I can play alongside other talented guys in a program because that's what I'm used to with my high school team.
So in terms of visits, do you think you are a take five visits and then decide type of person, or are you more a make a decision based on feel type guy?
I am not really sure to be honest. I haven't even figured out yet with my parents where I want to take my visits to. I think I might be more a feel type guy when it comes to making a decision, it's just going to come down to where I feel the most comfortable, and that could happen when I'm on a visit. My thing is I want to go to college and do my best and whatever God wants me to do, then that what's going to happen.