Junior forward takes in Wildcat experience

Kentucky hosted one of the nation's top junior prospects for their home opener Friday night against East Tennessee State. Wichita (KS.) prospect Perry Ellis's mother talked about their visit to Lexington.

Kentucky hosted one of the nation's top junior prospects for their home opener Friday night against East Tennessee State. Wichita (KS.) prospect Perry Ellis's mother talked about their visit to Lexington.

Perry Ellis has widely been considered one of the best forwards in the 2012 class for a long period of time. It's no wonder that Kentucky coach John Calipari has the 6-foot-8 forward in his sights.

But in order to win over a prospect of this caliber, you have to win over the family. Fonda Ellis, Perry's mother seemed impressed with what she saw at Kentucky this weekend.

"It was good. Perry and I had been there before, back in the summer of 2009," said Fonda Ellis. "We got to see a lot more and talk to a lot more people this time. We met with coach Orlando (Antigua) and he took us to meet Dr. Todd for about thirty minutes," Ellis said.

Perry also got a chance to see what it was like to be a student at UK.

"Perry went to class with Jon Hood. He was supposed to go with Terrence Jones, but his class got cancelled. He went to a communications class and he got to talk to the professor," Ellis said.

Academics were a big focus of the trip for the Ellis family.

"I really enjoyed meting with Mike Stone. He in charge of the athletes academics with the CATS Center," he said. "He makes sure they are taking the right classes and getting tutored. He said he keeps a close eye on all the guys," she continued.

The family got a chance to catch the Wildcats' home opener against ETSU as well. Fonda and Perry both liked what they saw.

"I was impressed with the young guys, the freshmen," she said. "They looked a little nervous at first, but once they got into their groove, they really impressed me. They played well together and they all score and produce. They looked happy out there and had a good time," she continued.

They also got a chance to meet with coach Calipari during the trip.

"We had some alone time with coach Calipari after the game. We had time to talk to him after the game and he spend some time with us before we left. It was excited," she said. "Perry told him that he liked the way he let (the players) play. He liked seeing how it's not too restrictive and he enjoyed their style of play," she said.

Perry and his mother likely won't get a chance to visit any more this season due to Perry's obligations to his high school team, but she wouldn't completely shut the door on the idea.

"I don't think we'll be able to make it back during Perry's season, but who knows," she finished.


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