WICHITA (FoxKansas.com) -- Ending months of speculation, high school senior Perry Ellis announced Wednesday that he will attend the University of Kansas next year and play for the school's basketball team.
Ellis, who stands 6-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 220 pounds, has been courted by several schools over several years, including Oklahoma, Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas State, Duke and Wichita State. He publicly announced his decision in the gym of the Wichita Heights High School, where he is currently finishing up his senior year.
According to a published report, his commitment to KU is not binding. Ellis, however, is expected to sign a letter of intent in about two months.
The power forward is ranked No. 24 in the rankings for Rivals.com and No. 37 in the national list published by ESPN. He is considered a 5-star recruit, having been the leading career rebound leader for his high school with 753 rebounds. He has averaged 22.1 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior, which helped lead his high school to a third Class 6A title, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle.
Most basketball experts had predicted that Ellis would choose the Jayhawks because of the team's reputation and location. He had narrowed his list of schools down to Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State.
FoxKansas.com Staff Writer Alfred Charles contributed to this report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.