Ellis Carves Path To Another Big 12 Title

In the face of adversity, Kansas forward Perry Ellis has been a true champion. His recent stretch following a loss at West Virginia has been as dominant as any in the nation.

In the face of adversity, Kansas forward Perry Ellis has been a true champion. His recent stretch following a loss at West Virginia has been as dominant as any in the nation.

It all culminated with a gem on Saturday, as he was Tim Duncan like, delivering a 28 point, 13 rebound masterpiece in a hard fought 69-64 victory over Texas. Ellis set the tone and when his team needed him most, he put them on his back and carried them home, rallying the Jayhawks from a second half deficit in a game they needed to have.

“Right now, Perry Ellis is the best player in the league and he was absolutely dominant,” head coach Bill Self said. “He was fantastic."

Ellis’ run and his season overall is setting him up to likely be the Big 12’s player of the year. All Ellis has done has been the consistent force on an inconsistent team that has won a remarkable 11th consecutive Big 12 regular season championship and on Saturday, he turned perhaps his finest performance of his Kansas career.

"I would say it's one of my most aggressive games I've played. I felt like I was just aggressive out there the whole time,” Ellis said. “It was a great feeling going out there and attacking. No matter whether I missed a shot or got a shot blocked, I just kept going and that was a great feeling."

The Jayhawks can wrap up sole possession of the league crown with a victory over West Virginia, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse. As for Ellis, the secret to his success is actually pretty simple and if Kansas is to put together any sort of run this March, it’ll all start with him. The formula is sure not to change and that’s something Self can take to the bank.

"It's in my head, just thinking to myself that I can do it and that's what I have been doing. I visualize doing myself doing it and go out and doing it,” Ellis said.


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