Can Perry Ellis Lead Kansas Jayhawks Next Season?

By Trevor Lowry
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The Kansas Jayhawks will be losing a bunch of talent for the 2013-14 college basketball season and could very well have a down year. That all depends on if Andrew Wiggins joins the team, along with many other factors that we are not going to touch on right now. Perry Ellis was the highest rated recruit for Kansas just a season ago. Can he lead the Jayhawks next year?

We only got a small sample size of what kind of a player Ellis could be in college.

Last season, he played 13.6 minutes per game, averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game. He shot three three-pointers and he managed to make two of them.

Ellis definitely has the talent to be great and his 6’8” height is always a plus.

He did play some significant minutes in one of the last games of the season against Iowa State. In that game, Ellis played 28 minutes and he racked up 23 points.

In the little time that he played, he looked pretty good. You would think that Ellis would have a much bigger role on next year’s team, considering that Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Kevin Young will no longer be on the team. I think that is it, but as you can see, that opens up the door for just about any player on Kansas to start.

So, you would think that Ellis would be one of those starters, being the highest rated recruit just a season ago.

Another good recruiting class will be coming in and we have yet to hear from Wiggins. However, if Ellis is called up to be the go-to guy, he has shown some signs of brilliance and has the talent to lead this team.


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