Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
It isn’t often that a highly-ranked basketball player eliminates Duke from his list.
But that’s exactly what Perry Ellis did in naming his new set of top four schools.
After a family meeting Thursday night, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Ellis, the Rivals No. 8 power forward in the Class of 2012 out of Wichita (Ks.) Heights, now lists Kentucky, Kansas State, Kansas and Wichita State.
Ellis had previously told a reporter Duke was among his final four, but Duke and Memphis have now been eliminated.
“They [Duke] just came into it too late for Perry to build that total comfort with [the] coaches and school,” Fonda Ellis, Perry’s mom, said by text. “We have supported his decision and think this is a great list and hopefully it will help him now to make that final decision.”
He will host in-home visits with Kansas and Kansas State on Sept. 9.
(Photo courtesy KansasCity.com)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.