Perry Ellis keeps Wichita State on college list with Kansas, K-State and Kentucky

The Heights senior has WSU among his final four schools in addition to Kansas, Kansas State and Kentucky.

08/12/2011 12:00 AM

09/21/2011 5:39 PM

Thoughts that Heights senior Perry Ellis kept Wichita State on his list of possible college choices purely as a courtesy can be dismissed.

Heights coach Joe Auer said Ellis will choose his college destination from this list of four schools: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State. Auer released the list on Thursday night after meeting with Ellis and his family. Ellis (6-foot- 8, 220 pounds) has not scheduled home visits with WSU or Kentucky. He will meet with coaches from Kansas and Kansas State on Sept. 9.

The fall national letter of intent signing period is Nov. 9-16.

The announcement eliminates Duke and Memphis. Duke entered the hunt after hiring former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel in May as an assistant. Capel established a good relationship with Ellis while coaching the Sooners. Savannah Ellis, Perry's sister, played basketball at Memphis.

WSU coach Gregg Marshall and his staff remain in the picture, and for good reason, Auer said.

Ellis "likes the success they've had," Auer said. "They're very close to home. They sell out about every game. There's a lot to like."

Ellis, ranked the No. 19 player in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com, is a frequent visitor at Shocker games. Marshall, entering his fifth season at WSU, made Ellis a priority early in his tenure. Former Heights teammate Evan Wessel is entering his freshman season at WSU.

The competition for Ellis' signature features two of college basketball's top programs, plus resurgent Kansas State. Ellis has also made visits to Kansas and Kansas State.

"These are the coaches he is most comfortable with," Auer said. "These are all schools that have taken the most time over the past four years to get to know Perry."

Auer said trimming the list went smoothly for Ellis, who made his cuts after returning from the Adidas Nations AAU tournament in Los Angeles.

"He didn't hesitate in naming these schools," Auer said. "These four put in the most time."

The Shiver.com, an Internet site covering Kansas athletics, reported earlier this week that Ellis had narrowed his list to Duke, Kansas, Kansas State and Kentucky. Auer, however, told The Eagle that Ellis' list would not be finalized until late this week.

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