Posted by Jeff Borzello
Wichita Heights (Kan.) has won three consecutive state championships and currently own a 44-game winning streak.
It’s scary to think they could be even better next year given the way Perry Ellis is improving.
“Perry is getting stronger,” said his mother, Fonda. “His shooting has really improved, he is more explosive and more confident.”
Ellis is a 6-foot-8 forward who is ranked among the top-20 players in his class by most services. He can score in a variety of ways, with his back to the basket or in the mid-range while facing up. Ellis runs the floor effectively and knows how to finish at the rim.
He was receiving interest and offers from nearly every big-time school, but trimmed his list in early December. Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State made the finalists for Ellis, who has since heard from Minnesota and Duke.
“I would say that Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State have all shown the most [interest] this spring,” Fonda Ellis said. “We received a call from Duke’s new assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday.”
Ellis said the perseverance and time each school put in has made them attractive to her son.
“They are all great programs and they all have been recruiting him for a while,” she said. “He has built strong relationships with most of the coaches since eighth and ninth grade.”
Perry visited Wichita State this week, but does not plan to make any other visits until the fall. He will be on the AAU circuit this spring and summer with the Kansas Pray and Play Players.
His mother said there are no favorites yet, but he is looking for a place where he will be “totally comfortable.”
“He is really not ready to do that yet,” Ellis said in terms of leaning one way or another. “He wants to see what happens this summer first.
“He would like to take his official visits this fall and hopefully commit or sign by early signing [period].”
By that time, Wichita Heights will be on the verge of starting a run at a fourth straight state title – led by Ellis, of course.