Kansas basketball legend Perry Ellis is looking to restart his pro career after sustaining an injury last Summer in The Basketball Tournament.
It was really tough to watch Perry Ellis go down last season while playing in The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Ellis was playing with a team of former Kansas basketball players called Self Made when he tore his patellar tendon in his right knee.
The injury brought Ellis’ career to a screeching halt, and it led him to go down a different path for a little while. Ellis decided to finish his degree and join Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self as a video coordinator for the 2019-20 season.
Earlier this month, Ellis said:
“I’m not 100% yet. I’m cleared for doing workouts, playing 1-on-1. I am still in Lawrence, just continuing to work out to wait and see what my agent hears from teams.”
It seems pretty likely that Ellis will not be returning next season with the Jayhawks since he will be attempting a comeback, which is a good thing for Ellis and his career. The Wichita native and Wichita West alum is only 26 years old, so he’s definitely got a lot of good years left to pursue his professional career.
So far, Ellis has mostly played overseas with teams like the Sydney Kings, Pallacanestro Cantù, s.Oliver Würzburg, and İstanbul BB. Ellis was set to play with Osaka Evessa in Japan, but his injury in The Basketball Tournament put a nix on that.
Ellis also spent some time in the NBA G League with the Greensboro Swarm, which could be an option moving forward.
The coronavirus could also hinder Ellis’ return, but it could also give even more time to rehab and prepare for his return. With any luck, Ellis will get come back from his injury and go on to a great professional career.