It's been a pretty good couple of weeks for Perry Ellis.
After turning in a string of solid performances during the recently-completed first NCAA evaluation period of the summer - including dropping 31 in an upset victory over Shabazz Muhammad, Winston Shepard, Robert Upshaw and Dream Vision at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis - the Sunflower State native has been announced as one of the first 12 athletes selected for the prestigious Boost Mobile Elite 24 event hosted annually by ESPN Rise.
"It is an honor to be selected again for the Elite 24," Ellis said. "I didn't get to participate last year because school had already started and I really didn't want to miss my honors classes. I did get to attend the prior year when it was in New York City, and it got rained out - so we played indoors instead. It was a great experience and I am really looking forward to participating again."
Ellis' strong spring and summer has attracted a great deal of publicity from the scouting community and press, and the caliber of coaches in attendance at his early-July games reflected it. The list of seven schools in the running for his services include some of the biggest programs in the game - Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State.
All were virtually constant presences on the sidelines whenever Kansas Pray and Play would took the court during the evaluation period, which wrapped up July 15.
Home-state Kansas has been recruiting the versatile 6-foot-8 forward as long as any program, and reiterated their level of interest by not missing a game. Head Coach Bill Self was front and center for several games, and was frequently joined by assistants Joe Dooley, Kurtis Townsend and Danny Manning.
Ellis and his teammates leave for Las Vegas and another round of tournaments Thursday.