February 01, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks mascot entertains the crowd before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 84-62. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Perry Ellis named National Player of the Year

Kansas Jayhawks future star power forward Perry Ellis was named a Parade All-American, and the top 25 2012 recruit has received another huge accolade; the biggest one yet. The expected freshman starter and heir-apparent to future No.2 pick (please, Charlotte Bobcats) Thomas Robinson was named the high school boys player of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

Ellis, 6’8″ 220 pounds, averaged 26-10 (9.8 rebounds, so almost a 20-10 double-double) for Wichita Heights. The McDonald’s All American was named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year for all four of his years in high school, and those were accolades that weren’t hard to win given his dominance.

The five-star recruit looks like a future superstar and has that aura surrounding him. Perry Ellis is a guy who isn’t just a great scorer, he’s also a hard worker and is a monster on the glass. His team was the state champions for each of those four years, and that’s expected with a player of Ellis’s caliber on the squad.

The 24th ranked recruit by Rivals.com is certainly that good, and he has the most points in his high school’s history with 2,231. Breaking the 2,000 point threshold is no easy feat for a high schooler, but that’s exactly what Ellis did. In the process, the PF broke former KU center Greg Dreiling’s total of 1,888.

This is a prestigious honor for Perry Ellis, and it is well-deserved given his accomplishments in high school. I can’t wait to see him play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season, and I’m sure he’ll fulfill the expectations.


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