LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27: Kansas Jayhawks mascot Baby Jay dances during the team's 87-79 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Wichita high school standout Perry Ellis has chosen to play basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.
In an announcement at his Wichita Heights high school gym, Ellis, surrounded by friends, family and his high school coach chose the Jayhawks over the Kansas St. Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats and Wichita St. Shockers. All four of his finalists had in-home visits last week.
Most had suspected the in-state Jayhawks would win Ellis over, but he and his family kept a tight lid on their decision, leaving experts and fans alike sitting on the edges of their seats. During the announcement, Fonda Ellis, Perry's mom, spoke about how they tried to shield Perry from a media onslaught and to remain cool headed while making this big decision.
The 6'8, 220 lb Ellis is ranked 24th nationally and as the ninth best power forward in the class of 2012 according to Rivals.com. He has been named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year three times and is one of the best players to come out of the state in recent years.