In two days, Perry Ellis will load his luggage into the car and make the drive to his new home at the University of Kansas.
Ellis, a McDonald’s All-American forward and four-time Kansas 6A state champion at Wichita Heights, will begin summer classes on Tuesday and prepare for his first offseason workouts as a member of the KU basketball program.
But before Ellis says goodbye to Wichita and his old life, he could cap his high school resume with one final accomplishment. On Thursday night, Ellis and his family learned that the four-time All-State forward had been selected National High School Senior Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
Ellis, a 6-foot-8 power forward, averaged 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior while being selected the Kansas Gatorade player of the year for the fourth straight year. In addition, Ellis finished his career with 2,231 points, passing former KU center Greg Dreiling as the all-time leading scorer in Wichita City League history.
The most highly regarded member of the Jayhawks’ 2012 recruiting class, Ellis should have an opportunity to earn major minutes in the KU frontcourt as a freshman.
His first opportunity to play in a Kansas uniform will come in August, when the KU program travels to Switzerland and France for a four-game tour. KU coach Bill Self has said that he’ll likely give his newcomers plenty of court time during the European trip.