Ellis isn't a lock for the Jayhawks
July, 23, 2010
By Matt Scott, Special to ESPN
Most top basketball prospects that hail from the state of Kansas grow up with thoughts of playing college basketball for the Jayhawks. The tradition-rich college basketball powerhouse usually faces little-to-no competition when it comes to in-state players, but the competition is getting tougher each day for the No. 9-ranked player in the ESPNU Super 60, Perry Ellis (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Heights). Although schools like Kansas, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Memphis and Kansas State already are actively pursuing the 6-foot-8 forward, Ellis has taken his recruitment in stride and hasn't let all of the attention get to him. In fact, Ellis would rather the attention be focused on his summer circuit teammates, who he feels deserve credit for helping him become the player he is today. While his teammates and coaches do deserve some credit, it's Ellis that deserves the most for his continued success. He has put in hours upon hours of work to improve his game on the court. His mother, Fonda Ellis, knows that finding her son is never a hard task -- if he's not in her kitchen eating his favorite meal, peanut butter and jelly, he is surely hard at work inside a Wichita gym. During the school year -- before and after his high school season -- Ellis can be found at 5 a.m. taking hundreds of jumpers or working on post moves. After another evening workout, Ellis somehow finds the time and energy to hit the books in order to maintain his perfect 4.0 GPA. According to Fonda Ellis, his GPA is something he may take more pride in than his play on the court.