Ellis also has begun to grow into his frame and should become a physically imposing frontcourt player in college. He still needs to improve his scoring consistency and work more diligently on the glass, but overall there's little reason to question why he has become such a priority for high-major college programs.
Not only a promising talent for the Pray And Play Players when competing on the travel circuit, Ellis has led his high school team to a pair of state titles during the first two seasons of high school. He's also an excellent student who maintains a high GPA.
In Lawrence, he was playing before an audience largely sympathetic to Kansas — his presumed leader.
But Ellis isn't ready at this juncture to admit that anyone holds an edge, and he continues to sift through heavy interest from other schools. His list of claimed scholarship offers includes the Jayhawks, Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
The other school on his list of "main ones" is North Carolina, and the Tar Heels — keeping in accordance with their policy of not offering rising juniors prior to the June after their sophomore year — are the only school Ellis appears to be seriously considering that hasn't yet cast an available scholarship in his direction.
"I know that Carolina doesn't offer anybody early, so it doesn't matter that they haven't (offered me) yet," Ellis said. "I'm going to wait before deciding, anyway."
Ellis communicates primarily with UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase. He has talked to Roy Williams once, when he made an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill last year.
At this point, Ellis said that the conversations with the Tar Heels mostly have been casual and that no mention has been made yet of a pending scholarship offer.
"We've just been talking about things overall, and Coach Haase is the one who has been at the open gym," Ellis said. "There hasn't been anything specific yet."
Ellis will continue to tour with Pray And Play through the rest of spring and summer and begin to take stock of exactly what he's looking for in a college.
"For me, things like distance from home don't matter," he said. "If a school can make me feel at home when I'm there, leaving my home here is no problem."