Ellis deserving of national honor

Perry Ellis had what one might understatedly call a decorated four years at Wichita (KS) Heights High School, and Friday he added a seriously massive cherry on top when the National High School Coaches Association named him their National Senior Player of the Year.

An outstanding student in the classroom, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound combo forward was also a four-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, winner of four straight Kansas Class 6A State Championships and a McDonald's All-American who, oh yeah, also became the leading scorer in Wichita City League history in 2012 - passing former Kansas Jayhawks great Greg Dreiling in the process.

Now on the verge of taking his game to the University of Kansas himself - he moves to Lawrence, Kan. this weekend - Friday he received one more award, and it was an Everest-sized cherry on top of the aforementioned list of accolades. Perry Ellis was named the National High School Senior Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

Since its inception in 1989, the NHSCA - a 501c3 non-profit organization - has worked to provide support for the approximately half a million high school coaches working in the United States today. Every year, they select National Coaches and Senior Athletes of the Year in 22 boys and girls sports.

It's hard to imagine a more deserving recipient than Ellis. Not only was he a highly-ranked recruit by every scouting service - including Scout.com - he was a dedicated student and a frequent volunteer in the Wichita community.

As a senior during the 2011-2012 season, Ellis averaged 25.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the Falcons. He'll play his first action in a Kansas uniform at the end of the summer, when the Jayhawks take an exhibition trip overseas to Switzerland and France.

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