Perry Ellis Attracts Big-Name Crowd

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) convention was held during the Final Four. However, it certainly appeared like a smaller version was held in Wichita as many of the game's biggest names were watching standout sophomore Perry Ellis, including Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor. The standout forward has been the state's Gatorade Player of the Year two straight seasons.

Perry Ellis. a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Wichita (KS) Heights, attracted the presence of Kansas head coach Bill Self, John Calipari of Kentucky, Kansas State's Frank Martin, Rick Pitino from Louisville and Johnny Dawkins of Stanford. Kansas and Louisville had multiple coach and assistants from Memphis and Texas A&M were in the gum.

Ellis led the Falcons to a 24-1 record and the Class 6A state championship as a freshman. He averaged 19.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Ellis had 20 rebounds, nine points and three assists in a 73-58 victory over Southeast in the Class 6A state title. He shot 61% from the field and 65% from the free throw line.

Ellis paced the Falcons, which finished 23-2 to a second consecutive Class 6A state tournament title this past season as he averaged 22.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the 56-40 state championship game victory over Blue Valley Northwest.

Ellis was a member of the USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team.

As good a player Ellis is, he may be even better off the court. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in his class. He has volunteered locally as youth basketball instructor, as part of several community-cleanup service initiatives and as a motivational speaker for youth athletes, addressing the importance of education and positive thinking.

Ellis has attracted scholarship offers from schools such as Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Wichita State.

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