And then there were four...

The recruitment of Wichita (KS) Heights combo forward Perry Ellis has been one of the most highly publicized in the Class of 2012 during the AAU season, with heavy-hitters such as Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and more throwing their full weight behind their efforts to get him, and Duke throwing their own rather sizable hat into the ring.

With a highly successful summer on the hoops circuit now all but behind him - the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event in Los Angeles awaits at the end of this month - Ellis sat down this week with his parents; Heights head coach Joe Auer and two other members of the coaching staff; as well as AAU coach Steve Young to begin the process of determining which schools will get a final, lasting look before a decision is made.

A Thursday-night press release from Auer revealed those schools to be Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State.

"We had planned to have a meeting after Perry returned from Adidas Nations and before he started school on the 17th," explained his mother, Fonda Ellis. "We wanted to make an official announcement."

Auer asked Ellis if he had an idea of which schools he wanted to consider, and the five-star prospect was confident in his choices. The four finalists have all been recruiting him for anywhere from three to four years - which helped lead to an increased comfort level when compared with the other contenders.

"Bill Self, Frank Martin, John Calipari and Gregg Marshall have all been there from the beginning," Fonda Ellis said. "They have followed him hard in July. They all made sure if the head coach couldn't be there that they had an assistant there. They all made Perry a priority, and it showed."

As of now, two programs have set dates for in-home visits, with both Kansas and Kansas State set to stop by the Ellis home Sept. 9. Kentucky and Wichita State are assuredly not far behind.

"We are just scheduling in home visits at this time," Fonda Ellis added. "I am sure we will discuss official visits during the in-home visits. We are supportive of Perry's list and we are excited about the next step in this process."


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