Class of 2012 power forward Perry Ellis (#10) has long had the same list of six schools (Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, and Wichita State) that’s he interested in, but lately, it seems as though there has been some movement as to who his favorite is.
The latest movement seems to involve Wichita State after they hired new assistant coach Dana Ford and met with Perry Wednesday. Fonda Ellis, Perry’s mother, says, “WSU is really stepping it up.” Among things discussed at the meeting Wednesday, the Wichita State coaching staff emphasized that they would love to keep Perry in Wichita (Perry attends Wichita Heights High School). Fonda Ellis also says that coach Ford has been working very hard in his recruitment of Perry.
Ford has had a long-standing relationship with the entire Ellis family since the time he was hired as a WSU intern four years ago. He has followed Ellis since Perry’s first middle school game but acknowledged that he has some ground to make up in Ellis’ recruitment Wednesday. Ford also emphasized in the meeting how hard he will work to recruit Ellis.
All of this movement started last month after Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel was replaced by Lon Kruger. Fonda Ellis said at the time, “It is hard for a coach to jump in on Perry now. Perry likes the comfort of knowing the coaches for three years plus so we will just see.” There is also a more recent development involving Jeff Capel since when asked about Capel’s move to Duke as an assistant coach possibly opening the door for the Blue Devils into Ellis’ recruitment, Fonda said, “Good question, we will just have to wait and see, interesting.” Fonda Ellis also says that Tubby Smith and Minnesota have tried to jump into the picture and have been in contact recently.
Additionally, a source close to Perry told us recently that they think Kansas and Kentucky are in his top three, but they are not sure of the third. As for a timetable on Ellis’ decision, he has no plans on committing any time soon.