Towards the end of the Kansas team banquet held every year following the season, forward Perry Ellis had something to tell the crowd, his teammates and head coach Bill Self after accepting the Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” award honoring the team’s most valuable player.
“I’ve been talking to my family and to Coach Self about the future. Looking back on this season, there is still a lot on the table,” Ellis said. “I feel that it would be best for me to come back.”
With that, Ellis ended any speculation that he would forego his senior year to enter the NBA and now attention can turn to working to improve for next season. Kansas had already lost two freshmen (Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander) to early entry to the league. Getting Ellis back will allow for the Jayhawks and Self to focus on recruiting and preparing for a year ahead that has him nearly giddy with participation in the World University Games and a trip to the Maui Invitational serving as highlights for the year ahead.
“We’re going to get better,” Self said at the end of the banquet. “No matter what happened this year and how it ended… think big picture. Because as much fun as you’ve had – we’re getting ready to have more.”