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Former KU forward Perry Ellis to play for Minnesota Timberwolves summer team

Perry Ellis
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Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis will play summer league basketball for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, his mother confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Ellis, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Greensboro (N.C.) Swarm of the NBA Development League in 2016-17 after a stellar four-year college career, recently signed a one-year contract with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in Australia.

He will play for the Kings if he does not secure an NBA contract for the coming season.

The Timberwolves will play in the Las Vegas summer league, which runs July 7-17.

The 6-foot-8 Ellis was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft after averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds during his senior year at KU in 2015-16.

He recently was one of the top performers at the D-League Elite minicamp in Chicago. The event featured 40 of the D-League’s top players in front of NBA scouts.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore