The Kansas Jayhawks were no exception. Early Wednesday, Head Coach Bill Self was in Bradenton, Fla. to check in on the biggest fish left on the board in the Class of 2011, DeAndre Daniels. Later that evening, a text message from the mother of in-state Class of 2012 star Perry Ellis - Fonda Ellis - revealed that Self was one of a handful of coaches on hand at Wichita (KS) Heights High School for an open gym session.
It's been a big spring already for Ellis, who earned MVP honors for a talent-laden West squad at the All-American Championship tournament, held early this month in Houston. The individual honors from another ultra-successful high school season have started to roll in as well, as he has recently been named to All-American teams by publications such as ESPN Rise, MaxPreps.com and USA Today.
Ellis currently maintains a list of six schools under consideration – Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State. He is scheduled to participate in the Jayhawk Invitational tournament in Lawrence, Kan. with his AAU squad, Pray N Play, next weekend.
Recently, Ellis and his AAU teammates were part of a loaded field at Real Deal in the Rock - one of the top AAU tournament of the spring. Scout.com's Evan Daniels had this to say about the junior's performance:
"Word out of Kansas this past year was that Ellis had shown strong improvements in his game. After watching him for a half against the Southern Phenoms it's easy to see it. The 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8, forward is moving extremely well and he took rebounds the length of the court. His ball handling has improved, as has his low post game. He showed some legit post moves, impressive foot work and nice touch inside. "
Also on hand at Wednesday's open gym were coaches from Kansas State, Oklahoma and Wichita State.