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Kansas Basketball 50 in 50, No. 41: Perry Ellis Announcement Open Thread

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Perry Ellis has been a sought after recruit his whole high school career. The 6'8" power forward is rated the 12th best at his position in the country and 37th prospect overall by ESPN. He's also rated 9th and 24th respectively by Rivals. He's deadly in transition, a good runner with soft hands who can catch the ball very well and also finish well. In the half court he is mostly effective facing up, but we all know how well Danny Manning works with post players.

Ellis will announce his decision as to where he will attend college this afternoon (2:45 central time), so feel free to use this as an open thread. I also break down the pros and cons of his four choices after the jump:

Wichita State

Pros: Hometown team, can be the BMOC, etc. etc. Also, if he is going to be a one and done he can be the focal point of the offense and showcase his skills for the NBA.

Cons: The Missouri Valley is a really good conference, but I don't know how he would improve as a player in the year he was there.


Pros: Home state school. If he stays and does well he can be a legend (just see how the players playing in the game this weekend are revered). Has the ability to play for Danny Manning, which honestly is something every big man should consider at this point.

Cons: Uncertain conference future (though I don't think it will be a big problem while he would be here) and I think the question of how one and done type players have performed at Kansas (even going back to Julian Wright) has to be brought up.


Pros: Why wait a year to get paid? Also I assume the lure to play with a bunch of kids your age and not have to sit behind older kids for playing time is pretty strong.

Cons: The potential that any NCAA title you might win or record you might set could get wiped out. Also it's the farthest from home, which could either be a positive or negative depending on how you look at it.

Kansas State

Pros: Could get on a DVD cover for winning a regular season game. Could pull double duty as starting forward and also as EcoKat.

Cons: Have you seen K State girls?