Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Perry Ellis, Three KU Basketball Teammates Await Fate in NBA Draft

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Perry Ellis, Three KU Basketball Teammates Await Fate in NBA Draft

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Like many basketball fans growing up in Kansas, Perry Ellis never really had a favorite NBA team.

Unlike his childhood peers, though, Ellis' transcendent talent on the court translated to a standout college career, and as a result, he is close to claiming an NBA team through different means.

Ellis, the former KU basketball forward, will almost certainly end up with an NBA team in the coming days, whether it comes as a pick in the league's draft at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN) or in the aftermath as a free-agent signee.

One of four former Jayhawks with a real shot at being drafted this year, Ellis is projected to go undrafted by and in the late second round by (57th).

Ellis worked out for 11 teams in the build up to the draft, the last coming Monday when he did drills for the Philadelphia 76ers. He also kept a running diary of his experiences for CBS Sports Radio.

"The workouts have been going well and the feedback I've been getting from teams has been good," Ellis wrote. "I just go out there every time trying to compete and play my game."

Ellis wrote that teams like his body of work and his college resume, highlighted by his eighth-place standing in the Jayhawks' all-time scoring list. While some analysts have questioned if the 6- foot-8, 225-pound has a natural NBA position, Ellis said he thinks the small-ball direction the league is going now benefits his skillset.

"At Kansas, I was consistently catching the ball at the top of the key and being given the opportunity to do different things," Ellis wrote. "Whether it was driving to the basket or pulling up for jumpers, I felt comfortable doing that."

The NBA Draft combine, held May 11-16 in Chicago, was "a different experience," Ellis wrote, "something you can't really understand or describe until you go through it really." It was, he added, a good chance to get his feet wet before individual team workouts.

"As a player you always think you can do better," Ellis wrote, "but I think I performed pretty well out in Chicago. …

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