When it comes to recruiting, a visit - be it official or unofficial - is usually best described as a 48-hour sales pitch.
More specifically, college coaches are trying to sell the visiting prospect on their program; that it represents the best fit for them academically and athletically, and it's where they want to spend as many as five years of his life.
See, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound combo forward from Wichita (KS) Heights committed to Kansas in late September, which meant he was at last able to just sit back and enjoy the experience of 'Late Night in the Phog.'
"He enjoyed the fact that it was probably the most real experience he's had thus far," said Heights head coach Joe Auer of his star senior. "He wasn't shopping for a school, they weren't trying to sell him on going to KU. Everybody was officially committed to each other and I felt like they really enjoyed that. He felt like he was home this past weekend."
Ellis had been to the Lawrence, Kan. campus previously on numerous occasions – but never as a Jayhawk. That simple but profound distinction made a big difference.
"I think it was a pretty special weekend for him and kind of a good way to wrap up his recruiting season," Auer explained. "And kind of a nice way to celebrate the end of the recruiting experience before he gets focused on his last high school season."
Ellis' final season as a prep hoopster could put the cap on an unprecedented run of success, for both him personally and for Heights. The Falcons have claimed the last three Kansas Class 6A state championships, with Ellis as the cornerstone. The athletic forward has been the recipient of the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year award during each of his three high school seasons to date.
According to Auer, however, they won't demand anything more from Ellis, because they know they'll get what they've always gotten - great effort each and every day.
"We don't try to get much beyond the moment, the day, the day's work," he said. "He wants to win another championship, but we just expect a good, hard day's work. And if he gives that - which he will - everything else will take care of itself."