Over the past four years, Perry Ellis has turned into one of KU's most beloved Jayhawks. He came to Kansas as the top prospect in the state and a top-40 prospect overall, choosing Kansas out of a final four of Kentucky, Kansas State, and hometown Wichita State. Ellis has racked up all kinds of accolades while at KU, including two First-Team All-Big 12 nods and a Second-Team All-American his senior campaign.
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What They're Saying
While Ellis is highly skilled around the basket, extremely competitive, and has an excellent basketball IQ, he will need to widen his skill set to fit into a NBA rotation. If he can show he is comfortable playing a more perimeter oriented role than he did during his tenure at Kansas, his potential NBA role will begin to take shape. Even if he doesn't get drafted, at the very least he will get his chance in summer league and training camps to play his way onto a roster, and will be a player NBA teams will continue to monitor regardless of where he ends up.
Ellis is a high character combo forward, nearly complete on the offensive end. A savvy NCAA vet, he's faced his fair share of players currently in the NBA over the years, and had success, but his lack of height and still evolving ball handling skills still lump him in group of players that are labeled "tweeners." ... His improved athleticism and conditioning are not jaw dropping, but are certainly acceptable when looking at an NBA forward ... Despite his lack of high level physical tools, he's a player who works hard on the defensive end, and understands team defensive schemes
|51 - BOS
Ellis worked out for a dozen NBA teams prior to the draft: Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix, New Orleans, Toronto, New York, and both Los Angeles teams. That means almost half of the league has given him a look, and now that he's gotten that far, will they all be able to pass on him?
I honestly don't know, but late second round, 51st overall to Boston sounds good to me.