Elite 2012 power forward visits Kansas

Wichita (KS) Heights junior Perry Ellis took advantage of a day off school Tuesday to see what college life was all about in Lawrence, Kan. Phog.net spoke to his mother, Fonda Ellis, to get the scoop on the unofficial visit.

When faced with a day off school, most teenagers would use it to sleep in, lounge around and maybe, just maybe, get a bit of homework done.

But Perry Ellis? Oh, he was in class – just not in his usual spot at Wichita (KS) Heights High School.

Instead, the talented junior hoops prospect chose to live the life of a college student for a day, by taking an unofficial visit to the University of Kansas on Tuesday with his mother, Fonda.

After arriving on the Lawrence, Kan. campus at 9 a.m., Ellis attended morning classes with several members of the current Jayhawks squad. Meetings with Head Coach Bill Self and assistant coach Danny Manning followed lunch, as did a meeting with Scott Ward, Associate Athletics Director of Academic and Career Counseling.

The Jayhawks have been keeping tabs on Ellis – Scout.com's #14 power forward in the Class of 2012 – as long as anyone in the country, and as a result the Sunflower State native has grown quite familiar with the school and the program.

However, Tuesday brought a new opportunity for learning, Fonda Ellis said, as she and her son delved into the academic side of college life.

"Perry really had a great time," she said. "He said it was great to attend the classes and just hang out on campus for the day to see what college life is really all about."

Following his visit with Ward and the academic support staff, Ellis met with strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy, observing the current team during their workouts before hitting the court for a little pickup basketball himself.

It's been a busy summer for Ellis, who not only played a full AAU schedule but also participated in the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp – as well as the Kevin Durant and LeBron James Nike Skills Academies.

"It was a long summer and he played a lot," Fonda Ellis said. "He is resting his knee (Ellis suffered a minor injury toward the end of the AAU season) some but still working in the weight room and still shoots every day."

With Tuesday's unofficial to Kansas now in the books, the family currently has trips to Oklahoma (Sept. 11), Kansas State (Sept. 25), Memphis (Oct. 15) and Kentucky (Nov. 12) also on the horizon.

Fortunately for Kansas fans, it appears the Jayhawks are still sitting strong with the elite power forward.

"Kansas has done a great job recruiting Perry," Fonda Ellis said. "And they are still in good shape with him."

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