Coaches flock to Wichita for Ellis

There are many ways for a prospect to tell if a coach is sincerely interested, but if any doubt ever existed in the mind of Perry Ellis about the level of interest in him, last night should have erased it entirely.

With Ellis recuperating from a slight illness and unable to participate in a scheduled workout at Wichita (KS) Heighs High School, a slew of big-time college coaches came anyway to show support to the elite 2012 power forward.

Included were Kansas head coach Bill Self, Kansas State head coach Frank Martin, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and assistants from Wichita State, Stanford and Wake Forest.

Ellis, the #20 overall prospect in the Class of 2012 according to's latest rankings, solidified his position as one of the best young talents in the country this summer, with a strong showing on the AAU circuit and at several summer camps.

Like many coaches, the staff at the University of Kansas has been on the road this week checking in on a number of their targets. Today, Self will stop in at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy to speak with 2011 PG prospect Naadir Tharpe. A stop at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. is also on the docket, to make the rounds with Quinn Cook and Ben McLemore.

McLemore will take an official visit to Kansas Oct. 15 for "Late Night in the Phog." Top Stories