Last weekend was a little bit of a different experience, however. With his Wichita (KS) Heights team in town for a weekend event of their own, the Hy-Vee Shootout, Ellis and his entire team were invited to take in the action at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday morning, when Kansas took on Southern California.
Every Jayhawks home game is a hot ticket, but the long-awaited debut of freshman Josh Selby provided some extra punch for the event.
"It was my first game to attend this season, and it was great to have my family along with my Wichita Heights teammates and coaches with me," Ellis said. "Coach (Joe) Auer and my brothers took turns with my teammates so they could all experience the excitement behind the KU bench."
Arriving 30 minutes before tipoff, Ellis had the opportunity to touch base with all of the Kansas coaches before the game. And after the Jayhawks took care of business in the morning, the Falcons attended to their own in the evening session, topping Nixa (MO) High School 86-69 as at least one Kansas staffer looked on.
The talented junior combo forward, one of the elite talents in the Class of 2012, poured in 23 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor, also snagging nine rebounds.
"It just seemed like the right time to do that," he explained. "The six schools that made my list had been recruiting me since 8th or 9th grade. They have all supported me and been there the longest, and have worked the hardest, too."
What's next? A flurry of unofficial visits in the coming months. Ellis and his family attended Tuesday's match-up between Wichita State and Tulsa in Wichita, then traveled to Memphis the very next day to watch the Lady Tigers – his sister, Savannah, is a standout on the Memphis women's team – take on Florida International.
Following those visits, the only item left on the travel itinerary is a return trip to Lawrence, Kan. on January 29, to see the much-anticipated match-up between Kansas and Kansas State.